Thursday, April 8, 2010

Geminoid Robot Expression

Robots nowadays can mimic human face expression. Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro from the Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratory in the Osaka University has designed a copy of himself and a smiling female android. Both robots have human-like face expression. It is quite a breakthrough in humanoid robots. He made many robots to copy human so he calls the robots "Geminoid" which comes from "Gemini" or twin.

Making humanoid robot to be more and more like human is a long journey. So IEEE Spectrum has a photo gallery of "Ode to the Uncanny Valley".


Ishiguro & The Geminoid


The smiling female android


The geminoid robots are also good experimental subjects in cognitive research or neuroscience. I will made another post about the cognitive research on my other blog.