Chinese Company Developing Lifelike Robot Head
Doll can mimic complex facial expressions as well as talk and even sing in Chinese.
One Chinese robotic company thinks it has finally breached the ‘uncanny valley’ of human-looking robots, avoiding the close-but-still-eerily-fake effect that has plagued most human simulations up till now. DS Doll Robotic Head’s realistic looking product contains a movable mechanical structure coated in a silicone “skin,” reports The Scotsman. The head can be controlled by a smartphone or a PlayStation controller.
The robot can also listen and and answer questions using voice recognition software, similar to that of a smartphone. The companies who collaborated to create the head, Doll Sweet Dolls and EX Doll, are hoping to launch a crowd-funding campaign so they can produce English and Japanese versions.
Paul Lumb, head of Cloud Climax, says the prototype is a “game changer.” It is priced around $6,000.
While the head does not have a rotatable neck, it will fit on all the company’s other doll bodies, which have flexible limbs that allow them to “move as a real person.” Lumb says that a fully autonomous body is still 15 to 20 years down the line.
The head is expected to arrive on shelves at the end of 2018.
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