Ibuki Robot: Smart Child Robot
Ibuki Robot, Ibuki
Ibuki Robot is capable of scanning for faces and has a half-track system that aids movement, but so far those are the only things it can do, since the robot was not built for specific actions, but for somewhat more psychological ones; Professor Ishiguro has also made an android copy of himself a while back and has since stated that his creations are meant to help people rediscover their psyche.
“My research question is to know what is a human,” Professor Ishiguro has said “I use very humanlike robots as test beds for my hypotheses.”
In 2001, Ishiguro had made a copy of his then 4 year old daughter, which he named Repliee R1, complete with nine DC motors in its head and silicone skin. Back then, the Repliee could only move its mouth, while the neck turns caused it to shake awkwardly. People would often tell the Professor the robot gave them a strange feeling. Needless to say, Ishiguro’s daughter reacted in a similar manner: the 4 year old cried when she first met Repliee and it took a few meetings until she managed to approach it.
- Country: Japan
- Company: Osaka University