Mask bot: The robot with the human face

I’m not sure I’m all that keen on this new concept out of the Technische Universitaet Muenchen.  They’ve created a robot mask upon which is projected the image of a human face in 3D.  And it looks eerily realistic..

Photo credit:  Dr. Takaaki Kuratate and his robot communication interface Mask-Bot

 

The robot appears to listen to you – and respond to your voice by moving its head, raising its eyebrows and fluttering its eyelashes,  It can talk too, responding to simple commands.  But it looks like a real person – and that is creepy..

The bot can reproduce speech typed into a keyboard, converting the text to a female or male voice, as yet it can’t understand the spoken word.  Ultimately it is intended to be used in future video conferencing solutions or as virtual companions for people living alone…

Kudos to the Kurzweil blog for the find…

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