Lifelike robot mimics human expressions - video

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Lifelike robot mimics human expressions - video

As robots develops across a number of fields, now human likeness is being mimicked.

Japanese professor Hiroshi Ishiguro yesterday unveiled a female android that can laugh and smile as it mimics a person's expressions.

Using a motion-capture system, the robot, called Geminoid TMF, can move its rubber face to imitate a smile, a toothy grin, and a grim look with furrowed brows.The robot is equipped with 12 actuators, powered by air pressure, and her motion can be synched to imitate that of a real human being and was modelled on a young Japanese woman, who was present at the unveiling today.

'I felt like I had a twin sister,' the woman said afterwards.

The developers said they expected the robot to be eventually used in real-life situations, such as in hospitals.
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We've already got some data showing that the robot gave patients psychological security by nodding and smiling at them, when patients were checked on by doctors.
Satoko Inoue, spokeman for Kokoro, told Dawn.com.
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A new technology always creates some fears and negative opinions,' but the researchers wanted to make robots that could express something similar to human emotions. An android could get away with it for a short time, 5-10 seconds. However, if we carefully select the situation, we could extend that, to perhaps 10 minutes
said Prof Ishiguro.

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By netchicken: posted on 5-4-2010








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