The Friday Cool: Creepy-ass baby robot

babyrobot.jpg

This is cool and not a little creepy:

In the nearly two years since it was first unveiled to the world, the Child-robot with Biomimetic Body, or CB2, has been developing social skills by interacting with humans and watching their facial expressions, according to its creators at Osaka University.

Comprised of robotics engineers, brain specialists, psychologists and other experts, the research team has been teaching the android to think like a baby by having it evaluate facial expressions and classify them into basic categories, such as happiness and sadness.

In addition to watching faces, CB2 has been learning to walk. With 51 pneumatic “muscles,” the little android can now amble through a room more smoothly than it could nearly two years ago, though it still requires the aid of a human.

You’d think they’d come up with something a little more aesthetically pleasing than this leering, slouchy thing.

Links

CB2 baby robot developing social skills — The Pink Tentacle