Mechnical test of Geminoid DK Still pretty far from the end result, but interesting nonetheless. Wooaw!
This is from the first test of the Geminoid. The people laughing in the background are
the designers, who at this point have worked on the robot for months,
and here see it operated for the first time.
A Geminoid or twin-robot is designed to resemble a living person. It is controlled by an operator who through the use of advanced software can transfer facial movements and speech to the robot.The first Geminoid Lab outside Japan is located at Aalborg University,
Denmark. The gemonoid is modeled
after the director of AAU's Center for Computer-mediated Epistemology,
Associate Professor, Henrik Scharfe. The purpose of the lab is to
systematically investigate certain aspects of Human Robot Interaction. For many years, robot technology has primarily been associated with factories and warehouses, but the days of thinking about robots as just 'tools' are over, Henrik Scharfe says. The robots have become a media, perhaps one of the more significant media of the future. In that way, robot technology follows the trajectory of computers: from tools to media. www.geminoid.dk
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A Geminoid or twin-robot is designed to resemble a living person. It is controlled by an operator who through the use of advanced software can transfer facial movements and speech to the robot. For many years, robot technology has primarily been associated with factories and warehouses, but the days of thinking about robots as just 'tools' are over...