Latest in Android

Image credit:

Hiroshi Ishiguro builds his evil android twin: Geminoid HI-1

1 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Seems like Hiroshi Ishiguro decided that if he's going to be a roboticist he might as well be a total badass about it, and has developed an "angry eyes" version of himself, the Geminoid HI-1. Other than a few Parent Trap inspired shenanigans we're sure he pulls on fellow researchers at ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories near Kyoto, Ishiguro is mainly using the bot to teach his classes for him, and creep out students with lifelike movements such as blinking, "breathing" and fidgeting. The bot can be remotely controlled via a motion capture system that tracks Ishiguro's mouth movements and allows the bot to speak his voice -- or that of an assistant if he's feeling particularly listless. The incredible realism comes from silicone molds cast from Ishiguro's own body, similar to the process behind a certain female resident of the uncanny valley, and is a bit of an experiment in the viability of telepresence. Ishiguro wants to find out if he can really command the attention of a classroom with a mere robot doppelgänger, but we're sure he doesn't mind skipping that commute either.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
1 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The Morning After: New York state moves to ban flavored e-cig sales

The Morning After: New York state moves to ban flavored e-cig sales

View
Photos of Huawei's Mate 30 range leak online

Photos of Huawei's Mate 30 range leak online

View
Motorola is making Android TVs too

Motorola is making Android TVs too

View
Google may soon let you search with a screenshot

Google may soon let you search with a screenshot

View
US investigates escort and massage sites over human trafficking

US investigates escort and massage sites over human trafficking

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr