Technology Highlight – Freakishly Real Android

We’ve brought you a lot of freakishly realistic robots here on the Digest, but this one takes the cake. It was created by Actroid company Kokoro and professor at Osaka University Hiroshi Ishiguro, and the reason why the robot’s movements and expressions seem so realistic is because they are controlled by an operator who uses a motion-capture and facial-tracking system. It is supposedly going to be used to study human-robot interactions and perceptions between different cultures, but we all know this is just one step closer to iRobot becoming a reality.

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