Prototype Upper Body for a Child Robot “Affetto”.
I have always taken an interest in robots, read articles and followed their development. The humanoids depicted in movies seemed something that would happen after my lifetime.
That was until I watched these videos. The Department of Adaptive Machine Systems, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan has developed a “Prototype Upper Body for a Child Robot “Affetto”".
Published on Jul 24, 2012 by projectaffetto
“Affetto moves flexibly thanks to 22 pneumatic actuators in its body (3 for neck, 7 for each arm, 1 for chest, and 4 for waist). Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHWimp9uvfo to see how its realistic face moves and also http://www.er.ams.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp/asadalab/project_en.html to know about our project (JSPS grant-in-aid for specially promoted research).”
Facial motion test of AFFETTO (higher resolution)
“Facial motion test of Affetto, which is an child robot that is currently under development in emergent robotics laboratory at Osaka university for simulating infant cognitive development. Its face is created realistically so as to be treated as a human being by human caregivers, not as a robot. For more information, please contact email@example.com.”
It makes you think doesn’t it. Surprisingly I find the possibilities just a little frightening. What do you think?
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