The world’s “first true android” as dubbed by Guiness World Records has been unveiled by Tokyo based Kokoro. Kokoro works in partnership with Osaka University’s Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, one of Japan’s leading robot creators, at the ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories. The Actroid-F is a gynoid, or a female android, and appears to be the twin to the Geminoid-F, an uncanny lifelike replica of the human model seen here, that debuted in April of this year.
The current version is meant to look like a nurse, and is already being tested in Japanese hospitals to “heighten patients’ sense of security.” For now, she or it, is just acting as an observer in hospitals to see how patients react to her, and so far the responses have been favorable to her presence. The Actroid-F is incredibly lifelike and could easily be mistaken for a human. Currently she can mimic expressions and motions such as blinking and smiling. Face-tracking software allows the robot to follow a remote operator and recreate his facial and head movements; check out the amazing video of the Actroid-F in action. While Actroid-F can’t walk, the company has already contracted to sell 50 robots to hospitals and museums to act as guides, receptionists, and patient attendants.
Want to have your own personal android? The fem-bot will set you back a cool $110K, but a small price to pay for an assistant that never needs to eat, sleep or get paid, isn’t it?
What are your thoughts on these new robots doing human jobs? Would you want a robot to care for you at a hospital, where all you really want is a personal, human touch to put you at ease?