Thursday, July 20, 2006

Android Scientist Makes Android Copy of Himself

Tim Hornyak reports that Hiroshi Ishiguro, the creator of rubber-face babe-robot Ripliee, has unveiled his next creation - himself. Ishiguro is the director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University and visiting director of ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories.

The robot, named Geminoid, is adorned in a lifesized silicone skin molded from castings of Ishiguro himself.

Ishiguro endowed Geminoid with the ability to respond and twitch like a real human but also with remote control. Geminoid was designed to be sent as a replacement for the scientist to study the effects of telepresence or as Ishiguro names it, sonzai-kan, feeling one's presence.
He can also be sent when the scientist does not feel like getting out bed in the morning. And, of course, Geminoid could also be used as the premise for hilarious romantic comedy.

Loving the Machine: Meet my robot twin, Geminoid

Update: Link to videos in Japanese

Recent Scientific American article: Android Science



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