Thursday, October 28, 2010
From the Uncanny Valley: Actroid-F
Actroids are a brand of humanoid androids developed by Osaka University and manufactured by Kokoro Company Ltd. The skin is composed of a silicone compound that gives them a staggering human-like visual appereance, and they posses an array of internal sensors that allow Actroid models to react with a natural appearance by way of air actuators placed at many points of articulation in the upper body.
Their latest model, the Actroid-F, can track the operator’s facial expressions and head movements, and replicate them with impressive accuracy. The android is being positioned as an observer in hospitals to gauge patient reactions.