Japanese scientists have unveiled the most human-looking robot yet devised — a “female” called Repliee Q1.
The new android has flexible silicone for skin and a number of sensors and motors to allow her to act in a human manner. Although her actions are limited, she can still perform simple actions like turning her body, fluttering her eyelids and breathing.
Professor Hiroshi Ishiguru of Osaka University, Repliee Q1’s designer, said it has 31 actuators in its upper body which are powered by an air compressor, allowing it to move like a human.
In the programming of Repliee Q1, a computer will analyze the movements of a human to be used as a template for the way the android moves.
The android can also follow the movement of a human wearing motion sensors, or act independently. Furthermore, it has the ability to interact with people and respond to their touch.