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Tmsuk KOBIAN Robot Emotes Through Posture

There have been a variety of robots that emulate emotional expression through their facial features. Tmsuk has now created a humanoid robot that puts its whole body into the act, emoting like a silent film actor. KOBIAN is a descendant of the WABIAN-2R research humanoid and the WE-4R robot head, developed at the Takanishi Laboratory.  The video above shows KOBIAN cycling through a variety of stock emotional expressions. Tmsuk claims the robot’s postural emoting will make it better able to interact with humans. At least if the humans involved enjoy interacting with an emo robot. I think a future in stage performance may be more likely. For photos see the Japanese robot watch blog.

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