Life-like robots showcased in New York


A Japanese scientist has developed a body-double robot which resembles him closely, with tiny human like movements and blinking eyes.

Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro, director ofthe Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, has been working on developing life like androids.

The new robot was unveiled at the Global Futures 2045 International Congress in New York, a futuristic conference focused on the technological singularity.

The new Geminoid, an android resembling a real person was tele-operated controlled remotely by a person offstage.

Ishiguro has also developed another Geminoid, a fashionably dressed female android, which he has shown off in the windows of clothing stores, LiveScience reported.

The robot was so popular that the clothing it was modelling sold out immediately, Ishiguro said. Ishiguro has also taken his robots on the road as part of a travelling “android theatre,” where they act out scenes with human like expressions.

The roboticist also made the Telenoid, a pillow-like bot deliberately designed to appear ageless and genderless so that people can project an imagined face onto its neutral appearance.

Ishiguro has tested the Telenoid among the elderly in Denmark, who took to it very well, he said.

Another of Ishiguro’s inventions is the Elfoid a smaller version of the Telenoid that functions as a mobile phone.

Today, everyone talks to the “little black boxes” of their smartphones, Ishiguro said, so he wanted to personalize and humanize the devices.

At the end of Ishiguro’s talk, his robotic double spoke up, saying that next time, it would give a much better presentation than the real Ishiguro.




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