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:
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.)