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12/15/08

Photos: Iranian Robot Sourena

Photos: Ali Feyzabadi, ISNA

Sourena is named after the Parthian Iranian warrior Sourena (84 BCE-54 BCE) who defeated the Roman general Crassus at the Battle of Carrhae.

امروز طي مراسمي روبات انسان‌نماي ايراني به ميهمانان خوش آمد گفت

The robot was designed by the Students at Tehran University. The humanoid robot has overall appearance which is based on that of the human body.  Sourena is 1.6 meters (5.2 ft) tall and weighs around 60 kilograms.

The Iranian robot was introduced during a ceremony in Tehran. As the curtains went up, Sourena appeared and walked forward. He waved to the audience, and looked to the left and right before stopping. He then talked to the crowd.

During the ceremony, the Minister of Industry and the financial backers of the project signed a birth certificate for Sourena.

Walking with the help of infrared radiation and remote control, speaking in predicted sentences and, moving of head and hands were made possible for the robot during the first phase of the project.

The Iranian robot, Sourena will be able to take steps, climb stairs and later on, he will be programmed to hear and see objects.

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