By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Technology
Japanese researchers have developed a humanoid robot that can laugh and smile just like a real human being.
Japanese researchers said on Saturday that they have developed a humanoid robot that can laugh and smile just like a real human being.
The robot, called Geminoid TMF, can move its rubber facial skin to mimics a person's facial expressions. It can imitate a smile, laugh while showing teeth, and offer a grim look with furrowed brow, all by receiving electric signals from the person the robot is modeled after.
Osaka University researchers demonstrated the robot, showing how it could imitate a woman in her 20s by smiling and furrowing its brow in response to its human doppelganger doing the same thing.
A video camera records the face of a human, whose movements are converted to electrical signals to tell his or her robot "twin" to make the same expressions.
So what's the application for such a surreal technology? Health care. Human-like robots can be used in hospitals to give patients psychological security, such as by nodding and smiling.
If you ask me, though, it's a fine line between reassuring and just plain creepy.
Here's a video of the robot:
Copies of the robot are expected to be sold for about 10 million yen, or approximately $110,000. Customers are expected to include robotics research organizations.
Apr 4, 2010
Gradius2... Exactly. We all know where this is going first. 'Health Care' That's a nice way to put it.
It seems like a really good but this is just the first modle and its way to expancive. Great idea but right now its not really needed.
The tragedy of all this is that there are probably one billion humans earning less that $1 a day, across Asia and Africa, who would jump at the chance to tend to the needs of an elderly person from the first world, would do a far better job and would do it for much less than $110,000... there is something seriously wrong with humanity when we build robots to take jobs that people would willingly do, and raise their families out of poverty at the same time.
Useful - perhaps; cheap - not yet. But will they take over? Technorati explores this here http://technorati.com/lifestyle/family/article/will-robots-take-over- the-world/
Huh. Making sure it looks real before ensuring it can be useful or even cost effective. Wonder what that's about. Twilight zone here we come.