Robots Expressing Emotion, Nagging Coming Later

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News Posted: Sun, Apr 13 2008 7:35 PM

It has been a somewhat slow weekend for tech news, but I just came across an interesting article over at the Live Science site that I wanted to share.  The article centers around a cutting edge MIT robotics project dubbed Nexi.

What makes Nexi so interesting is that "she" has been designed to communicate with not only the spoken word, but with facial expressions too.

"MIT's Nexi robot expresses emotions the same way you do - with your highly mobile face.
Nexi's head and face were designed by Xitome Design with MIT. The expressive robotics started with a neck mechanism sporting 4 degrees of freedom (DoF) at the base, plus pan-tilt-yaw of the head itself. The mechanism has been constructed to time the movements so they mimic human speed."

Nexi's voice is realistic and as you'll see if you check out this video, her facial expressions are obvious and actually pretty believable.  Looking at the imagery, I'm reminded of "Sonny" from 2004's i-Robot movie.  Kinds spooky, but exciting at the same time.

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AjayD replied on Sun, Apr 13 2008 11:56 PM
The facial expressions seem fairly realistic. Well, at least as realistic as possible considering the face looks like it's straight out of a Tim Burton film. What they really need to work on in order to improve realism is synchronizing the mouth/lip movements to coincide with the actual words being spoken. The days of iRobot may very well be upon us.


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Beware the robot revolution!  Organics unite!

The future will continue to produce more realistic models.  That video was slightly creepy, but that may just be my opinion. Stick out tongue


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