A robot displaying human emotion has been unveiled
2009-06-29 0:00

By Emma Barnett | Telegraph.co.uk

Kobian, a "humanoid" robot, which can express seven human emotions, has been unveiled by researchers at Waseda University in Japan.



The Emotional Humanoid Robot can express seven different feelings, including delight, surprise, sadness and dislike. In addition to assuming different poses to match the mood, Kobian uses motors in its face to move its lips, eyelids and eyebrows into various positions, according to pinktentacle.

To express delight, for example, the robot its hands over its head and opens it mouth and eyes wide.

To show sadness, Kobian hunches over, hangs its head and holds a hand up to its face in a gesture of grief.

Kobian can also walk around, perceive its environment and perform physical tasks. The robot features a double jointed neck that helps it achieve more expressive postures.

It was developed and unveiled by researchers at Wasedaís Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering in Tokyo on Tuesday June 23.
They were led by Professor Atsuo Takanashi, and worked with robot manufacturer Tmsuk, based in Kitakyushu, southern Japan.

According to Kobianís developers, the robotís expressiveness makes it more equipped to interact with humans and assist with daily activities.
There are plans for it to be further developed and then possibly deployed into the field of nursing.

Video from: TelegraphTV

"If you have no friends, Kobian will always be your pal!" ;D





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