Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro unveiled his extremely lifelike body double robot at the Global Futures 2045 conference in New York Saturday, leaving audiences members stumped as to which figure was the actual human and which one was the android.
Ishiguro, director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Japan's Osaka University, has constructed a robot that is "more humanlike than humans,"
down to its subtle movements and blinking eyes.
The android, dubbed the "Geminoid," was tele-operated by a colleague offstage. Ishiguro joked that he plans to use it as a stand-in to give lectures for him.
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The roboticist has also developed a talking female Geminoid that has been used as a clothing model in Takashimaya Osaka department stores. The model is equipped with a voice-recognition microphone and can actually answer customers' questions about the items on display.
The robot became so popular that the clothes it modeled sold out immediately, Ishiguro told the audience at the conference.
Ishiguro's other inventions include a "Telenoid," or a pillow-like, ageless, genderless bot used to keep people company, and an "Elfoid," similar to the Telenoid but used as a mobile phone.
He is also well known in Japan for creating the "Geminoid F," a female "love bot" that he believes will help people learn more about human interaction. For example, the Geminoid F can either hold eye contact, blink, or change her gaze, depending on how the person she interacts with behaves.
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