Japanese researchers create realistic robot
This hottest invention in the field of robotics has been made by the Japanese researchers, who have named this robot as Geminoid DK.
Geminoid DK resembles Henrik Scharfe
Hiroshi Ishiguro, a professor at Osaka University and his team at Japan's Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) in Nara, owes the credit for launching the Geminoid series.
Geminoid DK is the third invention of this series. Basically, Geminoid series consists of a complete line of androids, designed by the team of Hiroshi Ishiguro.
The research team has made its best efforts to design the robot in such a way, that it looks similar to Henrik Scharfe, an associate professor of Aalborg University in Denmark.
This robot is also the first robotic design with striking similarities to a non-Japanese person.
Commenting on the robot’s looks, the research team said, "Geminoid|DK will be the first of its kind outside of Japan. [It is] intended to advance android science and philosophy, in seeking answers to fundamental questions."
Aim of the research team
The first robot clone, Geminoid HI-1 created by Ishiguro, resembled the researcher himself, and the second creation, Geminoid F, was based on a young Japanese model.
All the robots are enabled for giving realistic mimic facial expressions and head movements, as the Geminoids are remote controlled by an operator with a computer, equipped with motion-capture technology.
Commenting on the future plans, Scharfe said, "In a couple of weeks I will go back to Japan to participate in the experiments. After that, the robot is shipped to Denmark to inhabit a newly designed lab."
Ishiguro added that the primary goal of his team for the Geminoid is to enhance the knowledge about human-robot interaction, by understanding the "emotional affordances.”