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Japan Makes Girl Robot

Japan Makes Girl Robot

Product imageJapan roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro creates a female robot and gives her the designation, Geminoid-F.

‘Whereas the Geminoid HI-1 has some 50 actuators, the new Geminoid F has just 12. What’s more, the HI-1 robot requires a large external box filled with compressors and valves. With Geminoid F, the researchers embedded air servo valves and an air servo control system into its body, so the android requires only a small external compressor.’ It’s also much better looking. Has the Japanese android master finally overcome the uncanny valley?”

The answer is a sad no as the robot is a bit creepy and cannot really smile well. Who would want a female robot that doesn’t smile – most of us have partners for that already.

The Japanese scientist that created the robot already created a version of himself and has some sense of humour it seems – abbreviating Geminiod-F the name appears to GF – or girlfriend.

The robot will cost 10 million Yen or about $110,000 – which is cheaper than the real thing, some would say, enough bad jokes about the fairer gender I think.

Source: IEEE Spectrum with video

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Stuart Davidson

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