Friday, June 23, 2006

Android Beauty Speaks at Tech Fair

From Korea Times online:
By Kim Tae-gyu

A female android will chair the opening ceremony of the SEK 2006, Korea’s biggest info-tech exhibition that begins a four-day run at COEX in southern Seoul Wednesday.

The life-like android, named EveR-1, was developed by a research team at the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology and went public early last month.

``EveR-1 is poised to introduce notable participants at today’s SEK ceremony before delivering an oral presentation on the annual fair,’’ said Baeg Moon-hong, a senior researcher at the state-sponsored institute.

``We are happy to show off our own android at the advanced IT fair. We aim to make efforts to develop the robot to be more like humans,’’ Baeg said.

Eve R-1 can understand 400 words and talk, with her lips in synch with the pronunciation of words.

Standing 1.6 meters tall and weighing about 50 kilograms, EveR-1 can blink her eyes and make several facial expressions as well as converse with others.

But she cannot move because her lower half is glued to the floor. Baeg aims to make her the first mobile android in history by enabling her to sit down and stand up this year.

``Should we get sufficient funds and personnel, we will be able to upgrade EveR-1 so that she can walk on her own in a couple of years,’’ Baeg said.

Korea Times Article



Anonymous Cristobal said...

What the hell are they waiting for?!?! Get her on a reality show already!

"Matt is a gay cowboy from Austin, David is an angry African-American from Denver, EveR-1 is an android with a four hundred word vocabulary from Seoul, South Korea, Cindy is a cheerleader from Fort Lauderdale who likes to party and this is- The Real World."

5:34 AM, June 24, 2006  
Blogger Davecat said...

EveR-1 is pretty hot, but not a patch on that gorgeous little Actroid-chan. ;-) Still, the more developments we have towards artificial humans, the better!
It'll be interesting when they're able to get EveR-1 to stand up, but I really can't wait for whatever research group to assemble a Gynoid that can walk as well as talk..

7:35 AM, June 24, 2006  

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