Expression-mimicking robot hangs out in hospitals "comforting" patients (Video)
2010 11 25

By Julie Beck | POPSCI.com


As if being laid up in the hospital wasn’t traumatic enough already, imagine having a humanoid robot coming to visit you and eerily mimicking your facial expressions - its pink-sleeved arms resting primly in its lap, its hair pinned back with a bobby pin (as if having hair in its face would bother it), its head movements just jerky enough to make a mockery of your pain. Some lucky patients in Japan will now get to experience this haunting scenario, as the latest version of Geminoid is installed in hospitals to act as an observer and “gauge patient reactions.”


The Actroid-F Doing Its Best To Approximate Human Expression


The only good news is that the bot’s legs don’t work, though this is likely small comfort to bedridden patients with little hope for escape. Watch the horror:

ACTROID-F in AIST Open Lab

Video from: YouTube.com

Article from: popsci.com



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