Thursday, February 10, 2011

Actroid-F, the “world’s first true Android,”

Firstly, we met “Diva-bot” the first singing humanoid. Well, now meet Actroid-F, the “world’s first true Android,” who may one day become your nurse.
Actroid-F is a sister robot to Geminoid-F who was revealed back in May. Actroid-F has been designed to be used in hospitals and other locations that involve “natural human-to-human communication.” Actroid-F can move her eyes, open and close her mouth, tilt her head, nod, smile, imitate human breathing, and bow.
Actroid-F made her debut at AIST’s (Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) 2-day laboratory fair and was the talk of the show.
Check out the video that shows Actroid-F at the AIST show.

 Actroid-F Demonstration

An Actroid is a humanoid robot and android with strong visual human-likeness developed by Osaka University and manufactured by Kokoro Company Ltd. (the animatronics division of Sanrio). It was first unveiled at the 2003 International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. Several different versions of the product have been produced since then. In most cases, the robot's appearance has been modeled after an average young woman of Japanese descent.
The Actroid woman is a pioneer example of a real machine similar to imagined machines called by the science fiction terms android or gynoid, so far used only for fictional robots. It can mimic such lifelike functions as blinking, speaking, and breathing. The "Repliee" models are interactive robots with the ability to recognize and process speech and respond in kind.

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