A robot baby being built as part of a neuroscience research program in Japan has just gotten a torso, including arms that flop around like an infant’s sans swaddle.
Affeto, the robo-baby, is creepy in its realism, which is what the team from Osaka University aims to accomplish as they use robotics to study “how humans’ higher cognitive functions develop,” according to a project description.
Ultimately, the robot will be used in behavioral experiments. For now, the researchers are trying to “build a realistic child robot with a muscle-skeletal system.”
The torso’s flexibility comes from 22 pneumatic actuators in its body.
In the video below you can see that Affeto’s torso is approaching the realistic stage. At one point, it hits itself in the face with “babyish looseness.”
Prototype Upper Body for a Child Robot “Affetto”
Facial motion test of AFFETTO (higher resolution)
Facial motion test of Affetto, which is an child robot that is currently under development in emergent robotics laboratory at Osaka university for simulating infant cognitive development. Its face is created realistically so as to be treated as a human being by human caregivers, not as a robot. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facial motion test of AFFETTO (inside)