<figure> <img src="https://cdni.rt.com/files/2018.11/article/5beeae7bfc7e931e7c8b45cb.png"> <figcaption>© Youtube / Hisashi Ishihara / <span class="copyright">Free</span></figcaption> </figure> <strong>Japanese researchers have created an android robot child head that’s more expressive than any before. They have released video showing the impressive, and frankly creepy, results.</strong> Researchers from Osaka University have come up with a way to identify and evaluate facial movements in their robot child head, named Affetto. In doing so, they have created a version of Affetto that’s far more expressive than the first generation model which was created in 2011. <figure> <div class="media__youtube"> <iframe class="media__youtube-frame" width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EKFc1DEoO6U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure>
So much so that it’s a little bit weird. The team released three video clips showcasing Affetto’s expressions. He is seen blinking, squinting, laughing, looking confused and scrunching up his face. He gives a lot of sideways glances too and appears to attempt a wink at one stage.
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“Our precise findings will let us effectively control android facial movements to introduce more nuanced expressions, such as smiling and frowning,” author Hisashi Ishihara said.
Robot faces are unable to accurately replicate the complexities of a human’s expressions. This is down to a number of factors, from a lack of suitable material to mimic human skin, to the asymmetric way human faces express emotions. Then there’s the technology required to program these expressions.