A work in progress, this still unnamed face robot can open its eyes and
smile. In the future, says its designer, Hidetoshi Akasawa, a mechanical
engineering student working on a master's at the Science University of
Tokyo, it will be able to recognize and react to human facial expressions.
Believing that human communication is not accomplished by words alone,
the laboratory has created three generations of increasingly sophisticated
face robots in a program directed by engineering professors Fumio Hara
(Akasawa's thesis advisor) and Hiroshi Kobayashi. This third-generation
robot will greet smiles with smiles, frowns with frowns, mixing and matching
six basic emotions in a real-time interaction that Hara calls "active
What happens when robots have humanlke faces is
the biggest question...as far as robot-human communication is concerned.
Can robots have an "emotion" or not? Those two questions are
the inspiration for our face robot.
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