Feb 17, 2022

Scientists develop an ‘android child’ that can convey six facial expressions

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A team of researchers from Japan’s RIKEN Guardian Robot Project has created an android child called Nikola capable of successfully displaying six basic emotions: happiness, sadness, fear, anger, surprise, and disgust.

While the android child is definitely not at the Ex Machina level, the project, led by Wataru Sato from RIKEN, is significant since it’s the first time the quality of these six android-expressed emotions has been examined and validated.

How does it work?

The humanoid robot is equipped with 29 pneumatic actuators that control the movements of artificial muscles within its face. It also uses six extra actuators to move its head and eyeballs, making it even more life-like.

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