March 8, 2011

OMD, look at this thing!

This video shows a test of a new android -- a robot that looks human. In fact, it looks so much like a real human being that it's horrifying (and cool). I found the story at physorg.com today. Here's the link, and the following is a paragraph from the article:
The latest robot in the family of ultra-realistic androids, called the Geminoid series, is so realistic that it can actually be mistaken for the person it was designed to look like. The new bot, dubbed the Geminoid DK, was was created by robotics firm Kokoro in Tokyo and is now being housed at Japan's Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International in Nara. The robot was designed to look like Associate Professor Henrik Scharfe of Aalborg University in Denmark. Why he wanted an exact robot duplicate of himself no one exactly knows, but the resemblance is uncanny.
(At the conclusion of the video, you can choose from a few more selections featuring the android.)


1 comment:

Artichoke Annie said...

"Hands are important communicative assets for all humans." - Very interesting Keith, I have a hard time believe it. I remember seeing those dancing girl-bots awhile back, also.