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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

JAPANESE ANDROID EXPERT, HIROSHI ISHIGURO CREATES NEW ROBOTS: OTONAROID, KODOMOROID & TELENOID

 JAPANESE ANDROID EXPERT, HIROSHI ISHIGURO CREATES NEW ROBOTS: OTONAROID, KODOMOROID & TELENOID
JAPANESE ANDROID EXPERT, HIROSHI ISHIGURO CREATES NEW ROBOTS: OTONAROID, KODOMOROID & TELENOID

Japanese android expert Hiroshi Ishiguro has created a female-announcer robot called Otonaroid, a girl robot called Kodomoroid and Telenoid, a hairless mannequin head with pointed arms that serves as a cuddly companion.  The robots with silicon skin and artificial muscles were shown to reporters at Miraikan museum on Tuesday, June 24.  They were so perfectly smooth in speech they almost outdo people.

In a demonstration, the remote-controlled machines moved their pink lips in time to a voice-over, twitched their eyebrows, blinked and swayed their heads from side to side, although there were some glitches.

Kodomoroid read the news without stumbling once and regurgitated complex tongue-twisters glibly. Ishiguro said technological innovations made the smaller child-size robot possible.

 
The robot, designed with a girlish appearance, can use a variety of voices, such as a deep male voice one minute and a squeaky girly voice the next. The speech can be input by text, giving them perfect articulation, according to Ishiguro.

There were some glitches—such as the lips not moving at all while the robot spoke, or the Otonaroid announcer robot staying silent twice when asked to introduce itself.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-06-tokyo-museum-robot-human.html#jCp
There were some glitches — such as the lips not moving at all while the robot spoke, or the Otonaroid announcer robot staying silent twice when asked to introduce itself.  But glitches are common with robots because they are delicate gadgetry sensitive to their environment.
Kodomoroid and the woman robot Otonaroid were joined at the demonstration by the minimally designed Telenoid, a mannequin head with pointed arms that serves as a cuddly companion.
The two life-size robots, which have silicon skin and artificial muscles, will be on display starting Wednesday, at Miraikan museum, or the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, in Tokyo, allowing the public to interact with them extensively.

Reflecting widespread opinion, Ishiguro said Japan leads the world in playful companion robots. But he acknowledged the nation was behind the U.S. in military robots.

JAPANESE ANDROID EXPERT, HIROSHI ISHIGURO CREATES NEW ROBOTS: OTONAROID, KODOMOROID & TELENOIDDeveloping robots for more than 20 years, Ishiguro has made a point of creating robots that approximate the human appearance, including creatures that look like him. He has sent them to give overseas lectures.

His approach differs from some robotics scientists who say human appearance is pointless, perhaps creepy, and robots can look like machines, such as taking the form of a TV screen or a portable device.

Ishiguro noted proudly how Japanese Internet company Softbank Corp. recently showed a robot named Pepper, which looks a little like C-3PO in "Star Wars," and will sell for less than 200,000 yen ($2,000).

Pepper's arrival means robots are increasingly becoming part of everyday life in Japan.
"Robots are now becoming affordable — no different from owning a laptop," said Ishiguro.  


Great development.  I won't mind having one in a not too far future.



There were some glitches—such as the lips not moving at all while the robot spoke, or the Otonaroid announcer robot staying silent twice when asked to introduce itself.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-06-tokyo-museum-robot-human.html#jCp


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