Abel Humanoid Robot
There may be robots that look like humans, but the one thing all of those don’t get right are the human facial expressions. Bioengineers at the Pisa University and Gustav Hoegen, an FX artist for Biomimic, aim to change that. They are currently working on a humanoid robot, called Abel, that comes equipped with the technology to react to human emotions by analyzing parameters such as voice frequency or thermal changes on the skin visible in infrared or heartbeat frequency. Read more for a video and additional information.

Recreating human facial expressions require lots of hardware, including over 20 piezoelectric motors placed underneath the artificial skin. Reacting to human emotions requires a host of cameras, binaural microphones, EEG helmets, and thermal scanners. What’s next? The team hopes to conceal all of the required sensors inside Abel rather than have random wires dangling.

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We must absolutely say thanks to the mastery and Gustav Hoegen for the physical resemblance. A genius of animatronic a great Hollywood partner. This partnership is essential because they have the know-how on creating creatures able to arise emotion in others. When we face this kind of machine we often talk about empathy, it would be more correct to talk about emotional intelligence, a peculiarity of proper human beings – the skill to understand how people in front of us we are feeling,” said Lorenzo Cominelli, researcher at the Centro Enrico Piaggio.

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