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    Japanese develop 'female' android

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4714135.stm

    By David Whitehouse
    Science editor, BBC News website



    Japanese scientists have unveiled the most human-looking robot yet devised - a "female" android called Repliee Q1.

    She has flexible silicone for skin rather than hard plastic, and a number of sensors and motors to allow her to turn and react in a human-like manner.

    She can flutter her eyelids and move her hands like a human. She even appears to breathe.

    Professor Hiroshi Ishiguru of Osaka University says one day robots could fool us into believing they are human.

    Repliee Q1 is not like any robot you will have seen before, at least outside of science-fiction movies.

    She is designed to look human and although she can only sit at present, she has 31 actuators in her upper body, powered by a nearby air compressor, programmed to allow her to move like a human.

    "I have developed many robots before," Repliee Q1's designer, Professor Ishiguru, told the BBC News website, "but I soon realised the importance of its appearance. A human-like appearance gives a robot a strong feeling of presence."

    Designed to look human

    Before Repliee Q1, Professor Ishiguru developed Repliee R1 which had the appearance of a five-year-old Japanese girl.

    Its head could move in nine directions and it could gesture with its arm. Four high-sensitivity tactile sensors were placed under the skin of its left arm that made the android react differently to differing pressures.

    The follow-up has the appearance of a Japanese woman. To program her motion, a computer analysed the motions of a human and used them as a template for the way Repliee Q1 moves.

    She can be designed to follow the movement of a human wearing motion sensors or to act independently.

    "Repliee Q1 can interact with people. It can respond to people touching it. It's very satisfying, although we obviously have a long way to go yet."

    Professor Ishiguru believes that it may prove possible to build an android that could pass for a human, if only for a brief period.

    "An android could get away with it for a short time, 5-10 seconds. However, if we carefully select the situation, we could extend that, to perhaps 10 minutes," he said.

    "More importantly, we have found that people forget she is an android while interacting with her. Consciously, it is easy to see that she is an android, but unconsciously, we react to the android as if she were a woman."
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    Re: Japanese develop 'female' android

    Look who's finally got a prom date!
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    Re: Japanese develop 'female' android

    Quote Originally Posted by savafan



    "Repliee Q1 can interact with people. It can respond to people touching it. It's very satisfying
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    Re: Japanese develop 'female' android

    Hey maybe Puffy can trade the blow-up doll for one of these!!
    Will trade this space for a #1 starter.

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    Re: Japanese develop 'female' android

    Freaky hands
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    Re: Japanese develop 'female' android

    She has man hands...

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    Re: Japanese develop 'female' android

    Later that day, Repliee Q1 became the first android to be groped on a Japanese subway.

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    Re: Japanese develop 'female' android

    I thought Candice Bergen was the first?
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    Re: Japanese develop 'female' android

    Remember in Westworld the hands were how you knew it was a robot
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    Re: Japanese develop 'female' android

    If they can get the price down, these could be big sellers in China, where young men outnumber young women by a significant percentage.

    Those hands look like they could palm a basketball.
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    Re: Japanese develop 'female' android

    "She" looks a bit like Michael Jackson.

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    She's a small wonder........
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    Re: Japanese develop 'female' android

    Professor Ishiguru believes that it may prove possible to build an android that could pass for a human, if only for a brief period.

    "An android could get away with it for a short time, 5-10 seconds. However, if we carefully select the situation, we could extend that, to perhaps 10 minutes," he said.


    I'd say that's about all the time necessary for the first few people standing in line to buy one of these beauties.
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    Re: Japanese develop 'female' android

    Anyone else find it creepy the way that dude is looking at the robot?

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    Re: Japanese develop 'female' android

    Quote Originally Posted by Larkin Fan
    Anyone else find it creepy the way that dude is looking at the robot?
    Are you sure that's not the beta version of the company's male android?
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