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Scientists create robot with emotions

June 23, 2009 12:23:39 PM PDT
Japanese scientists have introduced what they say is the world's first robot to express emotions with its face and body.The robot is named Kobian, and it is the result of a two-year project at Tokyo's Waseda University.

Kobian has 48 "actuators" which allow it to express a range of emotions, including happiness, fear, surprise, sadness and disgust, by opening and closing its eyes, moving its lips and eyebrows and gesturing with its arms and legs.

Of course, being a robot, Kobian is only able to express pre-programmed emotional responses.

The head of the research team that designed the robot hopes it could someday be used to help the elderly with household chores and in nursing homes. For now, it is still at the prototype stage of development.

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