Roko is a biomimetic robot inspired by monkeys that’s meant to transport small packages like first aid kits in remote, densely forested areas. It uses sensors like sonar to detect its environment and has extendable arms with hook-grip hands to swing from branch to branch. It is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and servomotors move its limbs.
Recently I met with Canadian photographer/filmmakerGregory Colbert at the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in New York. A short clip of Colbert interacting with a chimpanzee in the Rainforest gave me the idea of creating a biomimetic robot resembling a chimpanzee capable of delivering small packages, like spare parts, instruments, or first aid kits.