This creepy robot may not be as cool as these transformers, but she’s definitely more creepy. Italian researchers have created FACE, a humanoid robot bust that mimics human facial expressions. Technically speaking, it “is powered by what’s known as the Hybrid Engine for Facial Expressions Synthesis, or HEFES, which commands the 32 motors placed under FACE’s polymer skin to manipulate it in the same ways human facial muscles do.” Continue reading for a video and more information.

HEFES creates not only facial expressions based on the Facial Action Coding System (which is a real thing that actually categorizes facial expressions based on real muscle movements), but also transitions between those expressions. So it allows a user to choose any facial expression, or any “emotional space” between two or more emotions.

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