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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Creepy Robots...

I can say, with full confidence, that I will never want either of these...


Japan's New Goateed Geminoid Robot Is Uncomfortably Realistic



"The latest Geminoid robot is one of the most realistic, and thus creepiest, android we've ever seen. The skin, hair, goatee (!), and facial expressions are real enough to fool you for a few seconds while it sinks in that something very, very weird is going on.

This specific model is called the Geminoid DK, and it comes from the same studio that gave us the robotic actress, Geminoid F. The DK is the first Geminoid model that's based on a non-Japanese person (in this case, Associate Professor Henrik Scharfe of Denmark's Aalborg University) and also the first bearded model...
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(PopSci)


Squishy Larval Human From Japan Could Be Your Next Cellphone


"Larvabot is baaack ... and now it’s in your pocket, giving a whole new meaning to the vibrate setting on your cell phone. The new Elfoid telepresence telephone tickles its owner when it gets a call, wriggling to transmit your head and face movements, along with your voice, to the person on the other end of the line.

The Elfoid, a pocket-sized version of the Telenoid R1 Larvabot, is the latest bizarre creation of roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro, who also brought us a doppelganger version of himself and a fembot version of a Japanese model. It was unveiled Thursday at a Japanese press conference.
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(PopSci)

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