Archive for December, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Human Robots express emotions with facial expressions

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