You are a robot? No way.

Look at this girl.

She is waiting for a Valentines date.

Human or robot?

She is female android.

Year 2012.

Her movements are surprisingly realistic. Obviously a great deal of time and effort has been devoted to studying the body language of real women so that it could be emulated by the android. Of course all of her actions and words are carefully scripted. Her creators have even gone to the trouble of including a little humor. Real-life robots can mimic life-like functions such as blinking, speaking, breathing, and can feature several different facial expressions.

Professor Ishiguro and the Takashimaya department store in Tokyo are using the female Geminoid android robot as a fashion mannequin as a Valentines Day sales promotion.

Do androids dream of electric sheep?

Philip K. Dick’s writer, had an question few decades ago about androids: “Do androids dream of electric sheep?” Well, they look like they will be able to dream very soon.

There are many humanoid robot models. One of them is Actroid DER 2. The amazingly realistic female android, named Actroid DER 2, was demonstrated at the AKIBA Robot Festival in the Akihabara district of Tokyo in 2006. Yamaha’s HRP-4C adds “dancer” to her resume as she joins four human performers for a Tokyo performance called “Dance Robot LIVE! – HRP-4C Cybernetic Human.”

Year 2013. Meet Geminoid- F and her maker, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro

humanoid robot is a robot with its body shape built to resemble that of the human body. A humanoid design might be for functional purposes, such as interacting with human tools and environments, for experimental purposes, such as the study of bipedal locomotion, or for other purposes.

In general, humanoid robots have a torso, a head, two arms, and two legs, though some forms of humanoid robots may model only part of the body, for example, from the waist up. Some humanoid robots may also have heads designed to replicate human facial features such as eyes and mouths. Androids are humanoid robots built to aesthetically resemble humans.

Say hello to Aiko

Besides the research, humanoid robots are being developed to perform human tasks like personal assistance, where they should be able to assist the sick and elderly and dirty or dangerous jobs.

They are becoming increasingly popular for providing entertainment too. For example, Ursula, a female robot, sings, play music, dances, and speaks to her audiences at Universal Studios. Several Disney attractions employ the use of animatrons, robots that look, move, and speak much like human beings, in some of their theme park shows. These animatrons look so realistic that it can be hard to decipher from a distance whether or not they are actually human. Although they have a realistic look, they have no cognition or physical autonomy. Humanoid robots, especially with artificial intelligence algorithms, could be useful for future dangerous or distant space exploration missions.

Being one of the three primitives of robotics (besides planning and control), sensing plays an important role in robotic paradigms. Sensors can be classified according to the physical process with which they work or according to the type of measurement information that they give as output.

Future or just science fiction movie?

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