Friday, July 22, 2011

Japan’s latest humanoid robots are more realistic than ever

Japanese humanoid robots, called Geminoid and Actroid, are frightening examples of just how incredibly lifelike robots have become. These latest silicone puppets have the ability to replicate facial expressions (and even breathing) in a much more natural way than previous robots. They are also built with more efficient technology.

Geminoids and Actroids (which are slightly improved versions of Geminoids) are remotely controlled by a human operator via Internet link. They are equipped with a smart camera that tracks the remote operator’s behavior in real time while an audio speaker inside the body is used to project a human voice.

Kokoro sells these robots for about 10 million Yen and targets them primarily for use in museums and hospitals, according to the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper.

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