Human robots are becoming more and more fascinating as robotics evolves.
Below is a selection of the best videos showing human facial expressions.
Some of these human robots may make you feel slightly uncomfortable.
This feeling is called the “uncanny valley” which occurs when a human like robot is over realistic and causes a revulsion reaction for the observer. (identify by japanese roboticist expert Masahiro Mori in 1970). This theory does not only apply to human robots but also (to a degree) to stuffed animals and corpses and very realistic 3d models.
Nevertheless the below footage is estonishing and gives an insight in the progress in human robotics and how realistic the result can be. It’s also interesting to appreciate the complexity of facial muscle movements to show various expressions. This is a well-known challenge in 3d animation which is only overcome in big production movies.
Videos of human robots with animated facial expressions
Human Robots – starting with female robot Alice & and male robot Jules by Hanson Robotics
Japon robot child – Robot cb2 cocuk
MIT’s Nexi MDS Robot: First Test of facial Expression
Animatronics Human Head / Movie Industry
The book Metropolis is dated back to 1925 and the film (see below pictures of Maria transformed into a shiny then lifelike female robot), the most expensive silent movie ever made, was made two years later. A droning yet very powerful storyline, it is difficult to believe it dates back to the 1920s. Yes, the quality of the film, the old 35 mm tape and a later duplicate copy of 16mm, support its true age but the plot is not dissimilar to our lifestyles of today.
Reminiscent of Today?
It describes a life on two levels – thinkers (the managers) and doers, the workers who, like in many of today’s big businesses, exist as numbers or statistics, rather than as real human beings. The two level separation is carried one stage further, in that the workers work underground, eyes glazed with such monotonous work, while the masters work above ground, in what features as a brightly-lit city, heavy with traffic and taxis and sporting not only the Eternal Gardens but alsoYoshiwara, its own red light district, for the pleasures to be found within.
Fredersen is the powerful master of the city of Metropolis, devoid of feelings and he is the almighty one who controls life underground. He lives in his own purgatory, brought on by the death of Hel, the woman he loved, who originally belonged to another (Rotwang). Whilst Rotwang is responsible for making man machines to work in the underground city, his loss of Hel causes him to create a female robot in her image. That is, all except for the face, for this intelligent female robot, which can read minds and can destroy men, remains faceless for a significant part of the story.
The real problems start when Freder, the son of the master of Metropolis, finds out about this underground life of Hell and sets off on a course to right the wrongs of his father. Whilst basking in the pleasures of the Eternal Gardens, where geisha-like girls attend to his every whim, he sees a young girl enter, followed by many ghostlike children. Struck with instant love for her, Freder goes on a mission of not only finding the girl, Maria, but also discovering the underground world that drones on and on, without sleep or remission.
The vocabulary of the book keeps you in the moment. Machines are described in vivid detail e.g. ‘the machine which was like Ganesha, the god with the elephant’s head’ and the same machines are described again and again. Yet, although you are kept in the moment, it is difficult to keep track of what is going on, as some vocabulary is very much elaborated.
‘Black in the background, the cathedral, ungodded, unlit, the place before the broad steps swarming with human beings and amid them, surrounded by gasps of madly despairing laughter, the howling of songs of fury, the smouldering of torches and brands, high up on the pyre . . ‘.
Such detail will come across very effectively in film form, much easier than trying to keep track of such busy animation in the crowded vocabulary of a book.
As the story continues, it comes to light that the female robot has been given the face of Maria. So now there is one evil and one genuine Maria and the story takes on the role of an action-packed thriller, with fighting in the underground world, the cathedral and in the streets.
Experts in Their Time.
When watching the original film, one can’t help but wonder how the filmmakers of that time created such special effects. Even now, in the twenty-first century, aren’t we still in awe of what special effects can achieve?
The story ending of Metropolis has a most unusual twist, one that could not have been imagined and, like the very best of love stories, it will bring tears to your eyes. Why spoil it, by saying any more?
Written by Denise Watson
DENISE - VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
Denise is a sexy interface for a virtual assistant, this caring digital girl can help you doing many tasks on the computer. Denise is also able to use voice and face recognition to interact with the user. These are skills that are developed in human looking robots and advanced robotics. With the digital world (games, tv, internet and mobile devices) fast growing interactivity, the female robot of the future may develop faster as a digital and computerised being rather than a physical-mechanical robot. Will digital assistants like Denise gradually evolve and come out of the flat screen through 3d technology or better still, as an holographic entity?
This video shows Denise interacting with the user, it is estonishing how much she can do and how good she responds to questions and interacts meaningly. Although she certainly looks human, it’s somewhat nice that she does not pretend to be a real woman: When asked “how are you?” she replies “everything is running smoothly” rather than I’m fine thank you.
Denise has been developped by Guile 3d – this link shows more pics of Denise and what her skills are:
NICOLE – DIGITAL GIRLFRIEND
Interestingly Guile 3d is working on other type of assistants, including one that could also be your “girlfriend”: They claim that MSAgent Nicole is the most realistic Virtual Assistant available today.
MSAgent technology was created by Microsoft, and enables the use of virtual characters to perform as tutors, chat bots, text and e-mails readers, virtual friends and helpers for most windows applications.
Much like Denise, Nicole can talk to you, read your e-mails, perform many automatic tasks in your computer and much more. This digital girl is available in 2 versions: the Executive Secretary version or the Nude version.
You can see many of Nicole’s facial expressions on this link:
There are also more futuristic characters such as MS Agent Liquid Halo and Female Robot Andromeda.
SIMONE – S1MONE MOVIE
Are Denise and Nicole the real world version of the S1mone digital girl of the movie by Andrew Niccol with Al Pacino and Wynona Ryder “S1mone” (2002)?
Plot: A producer’s film is endangered when his star walks off, so he decides to digitally create an actress to substitute for the star, becoming an overnight sensation that everyone thinks is a real person.
When S1mone has to do a stage appearance, her creator uses holographic tecnology to show her performing on the stage. Fiction became reality when a pre-recorded holographic-like image of Kate Moss was projected on to the runway at the 2006 Ready-to-Wear fashion show in Paris (Alexander McQueen Collection).
SIRI – IPHONE APP – VIRTUAL PERSONAL ASSISTANT
Using voice recognition, we also found this virtual personal assisant for your iphone.
There is no sexy Denise to talk to though so some says it lacks the personal touch…but we were quite impressed to see how efficient this little nifty tool is.
Watch the video below to see people trying out the iphone app “Siri”.
Siri Virtual Assistant for your Iphone: http://siri.com
The sexy female robots probably originated from the Metropolis movie by Fritz Lang in 1926 and was further developped with erotic artwork from Hajime Sorayama in the 70’s onwards with a range of fantasy illustrations dominated by pin-ups and perhaps most well-known for the sexy female robots and gynoids (part robot, part human). Sorayama’s work Sexy Robot was published by Genko-sha in 1983 and gained worldwide success. Sorayama was using traditional techniques such as brush, pencil, acrylic paint and final airbrushing.
Today digital art software has replaced the old airbrush tool for most contemporary illustrators that have embraced the sci-fi theme of the sexy female robots but still holds a ressemblance with Sorayama’s work who is no doubt a source of inspiration. Last month we featured Victor Habbick sexy robots, below is a selection from other artists showcasing some of the sexiest female robots in digital art:
Please scroll down for images, video and links about the iconic Hajime Sorayama.
variation of a super sexy shiny silver robot wearing stiletto heals from artist Andreas Meyer.
Some of Hajime Sorayama’s prints and limited editions have been compiled into books, these can be hard to come by but are sometime still available on amazon through resellers.
In this short video you can have a sneaky look at Sorayama’s artist studio where it all happens!
You can purchase the full video revealing some of Sorayam’s secret technique from the official website sorayama dvd secrets revealed.
(this video includes erotic content)
Websites about the japanese artist Hajime Sorayama:
The Sorayama robot t-shirt can be puchase here:
Ghost in the shell started as a manga novel (created by Masamune Shirow in 1989), its huge success lead to the production of animated films, anime series, video games and novels, and is said to have inspired the Matrix. It focuses on the activities of the counter terrorist organization Public Security Section 9 in a futuristic Japan (year 2034) specialized in fighting technology related crime. the heroin is a female cyborg named Motoko Kusanagi, she has superhuman / bionic powers thanks to her mechanical body; only her brain and a segment of her spinal cord remain organic, the rest of her body is synthetic. This character has been a great source of inspiration for digital artists working on the female robot theme. Motoko is also following a quest for existential meaning. Dreamworks has secured the rights to adapt Ghost in the Shell, set to be produced by Stephen Spielberg and released in 2011 as a live-action movie in 3D – More info about Ghost in the Shell on Wiki Ghost in the Shell >> and about the cyborg character Motoko Kusanagi >>
Ghost in the shell trailer –
available in HD 1080
and the weird stuff:
Ghost in the Shell body painting costume >>
Nice short animation movie made in 3dmax and After Effects
A woman / ninja fighter in a robot costume enters the “training room” and must fight against two big robots.
We enjoyed the varied camera angles, slow motion animation combined with music.
Nice body work, running on walls like spiderman & dodging bullets aerobics in a matrix-like fashion.
Art-work, Modelling & Special Effects from Rappa (Raphael Pinas) based in Amsterdam
with thanks to: 3d palace / 3dbuzz /3dtotal /videocopilot.
The sexy robot theme is a gold mine for digital artists to showcase stunning digital effects & stimulate their creative mind. Victor Habbick has been an avid artist and photographer for over 30 years & is sharing with us his extraordinary robot creations.
Despite adversity Victor followed his dreams and after studying at Design College in the 70’s, he embraced a career in architectural drawing, advertising and graphic design, constantly evolving his techniques with the advance of computer technology.
He later started his own business Victor Habbick Visions where his Photography and Digital Artwork fusioned.
Question: “Is there any special meaning behind “Creation” or is it just left to everyone’s imagination?”
Victor: “Ah ha. I have been asked that a few times. The shot is all symbolic in a surreal fashion but basically it’s the rise of Artificial Intelligence, the next phase is life on Earth! make of that what you will! Robots is one of these areas that for many, including myself, has always been an area wide open to interpretation and when you add the female into the mix its that bit more of a challenge.“
Victor has now an international client list and has been published in numerous books, magazines & exhibitions and has also extended his work to stock photography. He comments: “This has enabled me to indulge in my first love for the surreal and fantastic imagery that first caught my attention in my youth and has stayed with me throughout life.”
His portfolio is vast & varied over and beyond the sexy robot theme. www.thedreamenclosure.com
There is a clear trend for Pop Divas going robotics as Beyonce is transformed into a sexy robot at the BET Awards and in her 2009 Concert. This robot suit is different from the vintage golden robot bodysuit she wore in Sweet Dreams. Here is a great fashion link to find out more about the origin of some of the Robot costumes worn by Beyonce in Sweet Dreams and Lady Gaga in Paparazzi. more info >>
These creations originated from the Cat-walk, designed by the reknown fashion designer Thierry Mugler. Lady Gaga’s outfit was previously worn by Emma Sjoberg in George Michael’s music video Too Funky. Beyonce’s vintage robot outfit in Sweet Dreams was first worn by Nadja Auermann in 1995. Beyonce emerging from a robot shell opening electronically at the BET Awards has raised criticism for its ressemblance with Kylie’s World Tour for her concert Fever. Ironically, both stage show have no doubt found inspiration from the movie Metropolis filmed before you were born, in 1926!
Below is yet another version of the Beyonce Robot – Easy Tiger!!!
A similar concept was used for the Kylie concert Fever. Kylie emerges from a robot suit “shell”.
Full on Photoshop tutorial to change a woman into a humanoid female with lots of Photoshop tips and step by step photographs.
Walking female robot designed to be a model on the cat-walk.
The HRP-4C is a humanoid robot created by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and publicly demonstrated in March 2009. She is 158cm tall and weighs 43kg including battery. She is capable of voice recognition and speech synthesis.
The walk does not quite match real top models but it’s a work in progress.
Her face is adorable though and she can express a range of feelings.
More info and pictures about HRP-4C is available on the official website of the the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology: