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Il robot umanoide “Yangyang” mostra le proprie capacità di riprodurre le espressioni facciali umane durante una dimostrazione al Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) di Pechino.
L’androide è stato prodotto dal centro Shanghai Yangyang Intelligent Robot Science Service e dal professore giapponese Hiroshi Ishiguro, con lo scopo di rendere popolari i robot tra i giovani.

“Yangyang”, la donna robot che riproduce le espressioni del viso umano 29 aprile 2015


An early version of a machine called Han made headlines because it was sculpted to look like Albert Einstein, complete with a bushy moustache and a shock of white hair.


The Einstein humanoid made facial expressions by using multiple motors, which whirred into action and subtly adjusted multiple points of articulation around his mouth and brown eyes.
The latest iteration of Han can mimic expressions, hold simple conversations and smile, wink, frown and even act drunk, was also shown off at another conference taking place in Hong Kong.
Around 40 motors control its face to form delicate facial expressions, according to its creators, US-based Hanson Robotics.
Grace Copplestone, manager at the firm, said: '[Han] has cameras on his eyes and on his chest, which allow him to recognise people's face, not only that, but recognise their gender, their age, whether they are happy or sad, and that makes him very exciting for places like hotels for example, where you need to appreciate the customers in front of you and react accordingly.' 
It uses skin similar to Yangyang's, made from a rubbery material enabling it to resemble human flesh.
This is a patented material called Frubber, which is short for flesh rubber.
It contains realistic pores that measure four to 40 nanometers across - there are 10 million nanometers in one centimetre.
Ms Copplestone envisages that Han could one day work in hospitality, such as manning reception desks of hotels, as well as in casinos, theme parks and museums. 
But it could also be used by doctors as realistic mannequins, or care for elderly patients.
'We believe a human face on a robot makes it far more approachable, and efficient, and effective in caring for older people,' she said.

ANDROID CLONE OF TV PRESENTER BECOMES FIRST TO HOST SHOW


Earlier this month a cross-dressing Japanese television star's robotic clone has made its 'unnervingly real' on-screen debut to become the first android to host its own show.
Japanese engineers pushed the clone of transvestite entertainer Matsuko Deluxe into the limelight.
Mr Deluxe, who is popular in Japan for his frankness, said it was 'fascinating' come face-to-face with his lookalike
'I see myself as other people see me for the first time, and it was a significant moment,' he said.
Working with world-famous roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro, who also created YangYang, Japan’s top advertising agency, Dentsu dreamed up the idea to clone an exact android copy of the entertainer.
A spokesman for the agency said: 'Artists and entertainers themselves aren’t yet seen as content that can be combined with technology, but the Dentsu group believes the need to develop android entertainers will grow.'
Performing with natural movements, while voiced and controlled remotely by a voice impersonator, the robot was put through its paces in front of an incredulous audience for the first time on Nippon TV.
For now, the Matsukoroid robot is controlled by an human operator,but with 600 stock 'Deluxe' phases it can use in reply to voice and face recognition, it's hoped the Matsukoroid will be free of its operator by the end of the series as it learns on the job.

Roboticists unveil their latest creepily realistic humanoid - and it bears a striking resemblance to Sarah Palin 29 April 2015

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