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A living robot who smiles, sings like a girl!

United Kingdom,Science/Tech, Wed, 11 Apr 2012 IANS

London, April 11 (IANS) A Japanese company has created a robot with 65 facial expressions which can talk, sing and can easily be mistaken for a real-life girl at first sight.

 

The Geminoid F can create smiles and even enigmatic, quizzical expressions, using mechanical actuators underneath her rubber 'skin', the Daily Mail reported.

 

She can smile, furrow her brows and move her mouth - although she often looks rather dazed. It can also talk and sing - playing recordings, or 'mouthing' other people's voices.

 

Geminoid F has been produced by Hiroshi Ishiguro, a renowned robot designer at Osaka University in western Japan, whose androids (designed to resemble a human) come with a steep $1.2 million price tag.

 

But Geminoid F is cheaper -- $110,000 -- which Ishiguro hopes may take the technology closer to the mainstream.

 

Her creator says his goal is to create a robot that can fool people into believing it is a human being.

 

Geminoid TMF is equipped with 12 motorised actuators, powered by air pressure, which allow her to 'copy' human facial expressions.

 

Ishiguro, who has designed several robots made to look like humans in the past - even building one in his own image, says the day is not far when robots could fool us into believing they are human.

 

"Please define 'what is human', and we will make a copy," he says.

 


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