Apr 15, 2010
Science Scene - Geminoid
Geminoid F is far from the complete robotic package; she was designed with efficiency in mind, employing just 12 pneumatic actuators rather than her predecessor's 46, meaning her range of motion is actually far more limited. But when it comes to reproducing facial tics and other unspoken gestures, she's really quite skilled. A tele-operation system uses a smart camera to track a real person's facial expressions and reproduce them in the android's face.
I think the 46 sensor version would be more lifelike, but this is still pretty amazing. It is only a mimic right now, but it is not hard to imagine some software making this much more. A lot of potential, hopefully for the good.