Android Has Human-Like Skin and Expressions
EveR-1, a Korean android capable of realistic facial expressions to express happiness, anger, sadness and pleasure was introduced to the public last week.
EveR-1's android skin is made from a silicon jelly that feels similar to human skin. Resembling a woman in her 20s, EveR-1 is 5-foot-3.
The android has fifteen sensors in its robotic face to allow it to interpret the face of a person before it, and 35 miniature motors to create expression and properly look back at a person talking to it. The EveR-1 has a basic vocabulary of 400 words, and can have simple verbal exchanges with humans.
According to KITECH scientist Baeg Moon-hong, "The robot can serve to provide information in department stores and museums or read stories to children; it?s capable of both education and entertainment functions."
Science fiction writers have gone a bit further in their thinking about female robots and androids. In his chilling 1954 work The Mechanical Bride, author Fritz Leiber wrote about a similar robotic creation:
Streamlined, smooth-working, absolutely noiseless, breath-takingly realistic. Each one is powered by thirty-seven midget electric motors, all completely noiseless, and is controlled by instructions, recorded on magnetic tape, which are triggered off by the sound of your voice and no one else's. There is a built-in microphone that hears everything you say, and an electric brain that selects a suitable answer. The de luxe model is built to your specifications, has fifty different facial expressions...
(Read more about Fritz Leiber's mechanical bride)
The EveR-1 android facial features were created by combining those of two well-known Korean actresses; the body shape is that of a third actress. Read more about Korea unveils EveR-1 robot with human proportions, expressions. Also, take a look at the extremely realistic Philip K. Dick Robot and Robot Repliee Q1, another very life-like robot.
(This Science Fiction in the News story used with permission from Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction.)
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