Friday, 14 November 2008

Smile And Robot Smiles With You

From Sky News:

British scientists have come up with the first robot that can mimic a person's expressions simply by watching their face.

Jules, the robot with the human face
Humanoid 'Jules' is a disembodied androgynous robotic head that automatically copies the movement and expressions of a human face. The technology works using 10 stock human emotions - for instance happiness, sadness, concern - that have been programmed into the robot. The software then maps what it sees to Jules' face to combine expressions instantly to mimic those being shown by a human subject. Controlled only by its own software, Jules can grin and grimace, furrow its brow, and 'speak' as the software translates real expressions observed through video camera 'eyes'.


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