Ghost In The Shell All Over Again

Posted by Grey Sunday, April 4, 2010

Remember that nutty professor hellbent on delivering a robot apocalypse in time to fulfill all those out there with some sick fixation on some sci-fi doomsday scenario?

Lo and behold, he's back. The Japanese (where else) scientist voted most-likely-to-unwittingly-unleashed-apocalypse-on-human race is back, with a vengeance. Got to give the man his due credits for his persistence. Since wowing the world in 2005 with his Repliee Q1...

... Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro has went as far as creating a robot in his very own image...

... And now, together with a team of researchers at Osaka University and Japan's robot maker Kokoro, Prof Ishiguro has delivered yet another breakthrough piece of work leading mankind down that inevitable line, Geminoid TMF.

A female humanoid robot that can mimics human's expressions like smiling and anger, Geminoid TMF can move its rubber facial skin to imitate a smile, a laugh showing teeth, and a grim look with furrowed brows, by receiving electric signals from the person it is modeled on, using a motion-capture system.

Modeled on an attractive young Japanese woman who was present at the unveiling on April 4th, Geminoid TMF is equipped with 12 actuators, powered by air pressure, and her motion can be synced to imitate that of a real human being.

Developers have indicated that they expected the robot to be eventually used in real-life situations, such as in hospitals.

"We've already got some data showing that the robot gave patients psychological security by nodding and smiling at them, when patients were checked on by doctors," said Satoko Inoue, spokeswoman for Kokoro.

"A new technology always creates some fears and negative opinions,' but the researchers wanted to make robots that could express something similar to human emotions", said Prof Ishiguro.

The professor has said that one day robots could fool us into believing they are human. 'An android could get away with it for a short time, 5-10 seconds. However, if we carefully select the situation, we could extend that, to perhaps 10 minutes,' he said.

Interested in getting one of these for your, say... otherworldly usage? Copies of the robot are expected to be sold for about 10 million yen (110,000 dollars), mainly to robotics research organizations.

So for those pervs who just can't get no human actions but aren't fortunate enough to part with that amount of doughs, there isn't much choice other than to settle for some inferior American knockoff, like the Roxxxy TrueCompanion at around $7,000 to $9,000, complete with a laptop to operate it.

Supposedly, users can select different personalities for the robot like Frigid Farrah, Wild Wendy, Mature Martha etc. But as the robot is completely devoid of any movement (not even its lips), this might prove to be a great product for those real pervs who have a penchant for banging a comatose or even those suffering from Necrophilia and having hygenic problem.

Source: Channel NewsAsia


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