Humanized Robots !i!i!
// May 2nd, 2007 // Personal
Imagine having a robot that looks just like you! or at least someone you know! How scary would that be?!
A few artificial intelligence scientists (computer scientists of course ;)) have been working lately on robots that look so humanized, you might not be able to tell whether they’re robots or not!
To make these Humanized robots they made the skin of the robots with silica gel which supposedly moves with lifelike movements.
Zou Renti of the Xi’an Supermen Sculpture Institution made a robotic clone of himself. His work was so perfect it’s kind of hard to tell the difference between them!!
This robot was made by Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, a senior researcher at ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories in Japan. For those who find it hard to tell the difference, the robot is the one on the left :). The truth is that he made this robot so that it could fill his courses for him at Osaka University. He made it so that he can give his lectures from home, his voice would be transmitted to the robot remotely, and he also attaches sensors to his mouth so that the robot’s lips would move like his!
The robot looks so real it blinks and it’s chest becomes bigger and smaller to simulate the professor’s inhaling and exhaling.
Here is a video of Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro demonstrating the robot:
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