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    1. shlamimo

      shlamimo Active Member

      Aug 2009
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      Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro has unveiled his latest creation, and it's a far cry from the ultra-lifelike robot clones he has produced in the past. Meet Telenoid R1, designed to be a "minimalistic human." Or a nightmare baby. Take your pick.

      Telenoid is a child-sized telepresence robot through which users can interact with others from a distance. Created in collaboration with Osaka University and Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), Telenoid is a tool for investigating "the essential elements for representing and transferring humanlike presence," according to Ishiguro and his team.

      The most striking feature of the robot is its design, which packs a high creep factor. It's meant to appear neither male nor female, young nor old. It has an abbreviated torso and arms, but can wiggle around to a limited extent while on its stand.


      Ishiguro's system uses a motion-tracking webcam to transmit your voice, facial expressions and head movements to the Telenoid, via a high-bandwidth web connection.

      The avatar produces only a rough approximation of real body language, but it is surprisingly easy to dupe oneself into regarding it as 'human'.

      "Eye contact and head movements are important for everybody. But we also gave the robot a minimal design, so that people can use their imagination to make it more personal", Ishiguro says.

      Ishiguro believes that this mind-trickery could ultimately provide a return on investment, by allowing workers - interpreters, salespeople, teachers - to be in two places at once.

      Osaka software firm Eager plans to start distributing Telenoid later this year. A research version will be priced around $35,000 and a commercial version about $8,000, according to IEEE Spectrum.

      "If a friend speaks from the Telenoid, we can imagine the friend's face on the Telenoid's face," IEEE Spectrum quoted them as saying. "If we embrace it, we have the feeling that we embrace the friend."

      Who's up for a Telenoid hug? :D

      I think it would be great in a horror film, possibly involving aliens.

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    3. Pete

      Pete Well-Known Member

      Sep 2009
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      Oh my good god what the have they done!?

      What's wrong with making a robot look like a robot!

      They said they took out the unnecessary parts for expression including the hands - don’t' know about you, but i know a lot of people who wave their arms around while they talk!

    4. yuda.sat

      yuda.sat New Member

      Oct 2010
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      Features of Telenoid R1 include:

      * A novel minimalistic design that can effectively represent human presence
      * Soft and pleasant body
      * Low cost due to decreased numbers of actuators
      (Telenoid R1:9?Geminoidâ„¢ HI-1:50?Geminoidâ„¢ F:12)
      * Small-size body and simple internal structure by use of electric (DC) motors
      * Easy teleoperation based on the teleoperation technology developed by ATR

      So what can this telenoid do? does it only reacting base on image proccessing and motion sensor or what??
      I like geminoid better :D

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