Waseda Talker Robot Tries to Speak Like Humans, Sounds Like A Cow

This weird looking chap is the Waseda Talker-7 robot, and it makes those strange vowel sounds not through a loudspeaker, but a biomechanical simulation of the way we humans speak. To that end, it's got a 19 degrees-of-freedom motorized system that replicates lungs, vocal cords, tongue, lips: basically the whole… » 11/12/08 10:00am 11/12/08 10:00am