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AlfredJPruffock
25th August 2005, 10:24
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/06/images/050610_robot.jpg



June 10, 2005—Quick, which one is the robot?


Repliee Q1 (at left in both pictures) appeared yesterday at the 2005 World Expo in Japan, where she gestured, blinked, spoke, and even appeared to breathe. Shown with co-creator Hiroshi Ishiguru of Osaka University, the android is partially covered in skinlike silicone. Q1 is powered by a nearby air compressor, and has 31 points of articulation in its upper body.

Internal sensors allow the android to react "naturally." It can block an attempted slap, for example. But it's the little, "unconscious" movements that give the robot its eerie verisimilitude: the slight flutter of the eyelids, the subtle rising and falling of the chest, the constant, nearly imperceptible shifting so familiar to humans.

Surrounded by machines that draw portraits, swat fast-moving balls, and snake through debris, Q1 is only one of the showstoppers at the expo's Prototype Robot Exposition, which aims to showcase Japan's growing role in the robotics industry.

But given Q1's reported glitch-related "spasms" at the expo, it may be a while before androids are escorting tour groups or looking after children—which may be just as well. "When a robot looks too much like the real thing, it's creepy," Hiroshi told the Associated Press.

—Ted Chamberlain

Churchill
25th August 2005, 11:01
Didn't someone post this a while ago? Something about AtW finally getting his leg over?

DimPrawn
25th August 2005, 11:18
Yes that is old news.

WageSlave
25th August 2005, 11:26
Still...wouldn't say no...

Churchill
25th August 2005, 11:31
Still...wouldn't say no...

Better than your usual squeeze then, eh?

WageSlave
25th August 2005, 11:41
Better than your usual squeeze then, eh?

Never turn down a notch, Spod, never turn down a notch.

Churchill
25th August 2005, 12:20
Never turn down a notch, Spod, never turn down a notch.

Who are you insulting, me or spodly?

wobbegong
25th August 2005, 12:33
Didn't someone post this a while ago? Something about AtW finally getting his leg over?


Yep, it was me. (http://forums.contractoruk.com/showpost.php?p=22869&postcount=35)

:wave:

WageSlave
25th August 2005, 12:49
Who are you insulting, me or spodly?

Why is it an insult? Two notches are better than one, surely.


And you are Spod!

Churchill
25th August 2005, 13:38
Why is it an insult? Two notches are better than one, surely.


And you are Spod!

Wrong! :moon:

WageSlave
25th August 2005, 13:49
Wrong! :moon:

Maybe, but nice arse anyway ;)

OwlHoot
25th August 2005, 15:06
Didn't someone post this a while ago? Something about AtW finally getting his leg over?

AtW couldn't get his leg over this robot by the sound of it:

"Internal sensors allow the android to react "naturally." It can block an attempted slap, for example. But it's the little, "unconscious" movements that give the robot its eerie verisimilitude"

If AtW got too close it would instinctively give him a slap and, if he persisted, an unconsious but eerily verisimilitudinous knee in the groin.

Lucifer Box
25th August 2005, 16:07
Besides, it doesn't have a Ph.D., like his mother.