The Waseda Talker talking robot

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Donald Melanson
April 13, 2005 10:50 AM
The Waseda Talker talking robot image
The Waseda Talker talking robot image
Waseda Talker

Researchers from the Takanishi Laboratory at Waseda University in Japan have created an anthropomorphic talking robot, the WT-4, capable of producing Japanese vowels that sound more like human speech than previous robots (and from the looks of those lips, like it's up for a little spin-the-bottle). They say they gave the bot a more human-like appearance to make communication with it easier (hence the anthropomorphic part), although we're not sure how talking to a disjointed mouth and nose stuck on a tin man body makes for a more natural conversation. 

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