Androids Look More and More Like Real Human Beings
We present to you the Actroid-F — it’s a fitting name for a robot that acts eerily like a real human woman. Created by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology’s “Open Lab” in Japan, Ms. Actroid-F is the latest in her series (so, essentially the T-1000000 model of the real world).
And though her facial expressions are incredibly more realistic than her predecessors — head cocking, blinking, brow furrowing, and all – the Open Lab was fortunately able to cut costs and make the F-model more lightweight.
The Open Lab is part of a research group whose goal is to advance human-robot communication. Through motion-capture camerawork, they’ve tried to replicate human facial expressions accurately. Past androids have failed to appear truly life-like, unable to cross what is called the “uncanny valley.”
Of course, the day robots attain true human-like resemblance, we’re betting this to be the first thing companies will apply this technology to.
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TAGS: Actroid-F • Android • Human robot • Lifelike robot • National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology • Open Lab • uncanny valley
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