Remember the Actroid-F, the sympathetic robot built to console you as you pass on to the great beyond? Researchers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tokyo have created a male counterpart to the Actroid-F, whose upgrades include camera-eyes and a new hairdo.
I have approximately three facial expressions: staring at computer (eyes glazed), staring at TV (eyes more glazed), and staring at phone (eyes focused, brow furrowed). Watching this truly freakishly expressive robot, however, I frowned a bit.
Meet the Actroid-F, an emotive android that's being tested in some Japanese hospitals to observe patients and make them feel comfortable. Who wouldn't be totally at ease with this happy mechanical mannequin leering over you?