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Robot OMG: Geminoid Smiles for the First Time. Then We Smile and Secretly Cringe

From the Geminoid DK You Tube comes the Geminoid robot smiling for the camera.

Associate Professor Henrik Scharfe’s plan is to build a robot that looks like him.

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Robot Envy: Electronic Skin Offers Robots Sense of Touch, Next Step: They Learn to Love

The electronic skin is made out of germanium and silicon wrapped around a sticky polyimide film. The prototype measures about 7.6 square inches and can detect different pressures between 0 and 15 kilopascals, which is the range of pressures one might encounter while typing on a keyboard or holding a small object. The skin does this thanks to its rubber skin, which changes its thickness in response to changes in pressure, which is then measured and controlled by built-in capacitors.

Ali Javey explains why robots need to touch themselves… and other things:

“Humans generally know how to hold a fragile egg without breaking it. If we ever wanted a robot that could unload the dishes, for instance, we’d want to make sure it doesn’t break the wine glasses in the process. But we’d also want the robot to grip the stock pot without dropping it.”

Read a slightly fuller breakdown of this technology at I09.
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