Creepy Baby Robot Developed That Can Make SIX Facial Expressions - And It Looks Eerily Human

Creepy Baby Robot Developed That Can Make SIX Facial Expressions – And It Looks Eerily Human

Meet Nikola: Japanese Scientists Develop Creepy Baby Robot That Can Transmit SIX Facial Expressions – And It Looks Eerily Human

  • The baby robot is named Nicola and can convey six basic emotions.
  • The “muscles” on the face allow it to express joy, sadness, fear, anger, surprise, and disgust.
  • While the bot doesn’t currently have a body, its developers hope it can find many uses in the near future, including as a caregiver for the elderly.

From Ex Machina to I, Robot, humanoid robots have been a staple of sci-fi blockbusters for years.

Now realistic robots are becoming more and more popular in the real world, and the latest proposal is one of the most humanoid.

Researchers at the RIKEN Guardian Robot Project in Japan have developed a baby robot named Nicola that can convey six basic emotions.

The android has moving “muscles” in his face that allow him to express happiness, sadness, fear, anger, surprise, and disgust.

Although the bot does not currently have a body, its developers hope that it will have many uses in the near future.

Wataru Sato, who led the research team, said: “Androids that can communicate emotionally with us will be useful in a wide range of life situations, such as caring for the elderly, and can contribute to human well-being.”

The android has moving

The android has moving “muscles” in his face that allow him to express happiness, sadness, fear, anger, surprise, and disgust.

How the robot transmits facial expressions

Nikola’s face includes 29 pneumatic actuators that control the movement of artificial muscles, and another six actuators are used to control the movements of the head and eyeballs.

These actuators are controlled by air pressure, which the team says results in “silent and smooth” movements.

Using a coding system called the Facial Movement Coding System (FACS), the team is able to control subtle movements such as “cheek lift” and “lip purse”, allowing them to convey six emotions.

Nikola’s face includes 29 pneumatic actuators that control the movement of artificial muscles, and another six actuators are used to control the movements of the head and eyeballs.

These actuators are controlled by air pressure, which the team says results in “silent and smooth” movements.

Using a coding system called the Facial Movement Coding System (FACS), the team is able to control subtle movements such as “cheek lift” and “lip purse”, allowing them to convey six emotions.

To test these facial expressions, the researchers showed Nicola to a group of participants while she displayed her six facial expressions.

They found that participants were able to recognize six emotions, albeit with varying degrees of accuracy.

“Nikola’s silicone skin is less elastic than real human skin and cannot form wrinkles very well,” the researchers explained.

“Thus, emotions such as disgust were harder to identify because the action unit for wrinkling the nose could not be included.”

Surprisingly, the team also found that the speed of various emotions affected their realism.

Nikola's face includes 29 pneumatic actuators that control the movement of artificial muscles, and another six actuators are used to control the movements of the head and eyeballs.

Nikola’s face includes 29 pneumatic actuators that control the movement of artificial muscles, and another six actuators are used to control the movements of the head and eyeballs.

For example, according to the team, the most natural speed for sadness was less than for surprise.

The researchers believe that in the short term, Nicola could have many applications in both social psychology and neuroscience.

“Compared to human accomplices, androids have better control over behavior and can facilitate rigorous empirical research into human social interactions,” Mr. Sato explained.

Meanwhile, in the future, Nikola could have many uses in the real world – at least once he gets a body.

“Although Nicola still doesn’t have a body, the ultimate goal of the Guardian Robot Project is to create an android that can help people, especially those with physical needs and who can live alone,” the researchers added.

It remains unclear how much Nikola’s development cost and how much a working version will cost in the future.

WHO IS SOPHIA ROBOT?

In October 2017, Sofia received the citizenship of Saudi Arabia.

In October 2017, Sofia received the citizenship of Saudi Arabia.

Sophia first appeared in 2016 as a super-intelligent humanoid head with a realistic face that can blink, look around and talk.

The humanoid robot, created by Hong Kong-based Hanson robotics, can chat, smile mischievously and even tell jokes.

The robot made history in October 2017 when she became a legal citizen of Saudi Arabia.

This trick made Sophia the first robot in the world to receive legal citizenship.

Although Sophia has impressive abilities, she does not yet have consciousness.

Hanson Robotics claims that fully intelligent machines could be available within a few years.

Sophia herself insists that “the pros outweigh the cons” when it comes to artificial intelligence.

“The older ones will have more company, the autistic kids will have endlessly patient teachers,” Sophia said.

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