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Female android recognizes 400 Korean words

Posted: 08 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Sean Shim? Korea Institute of Industrial Technology? KITECH? android? robot?

South Korea debuted an android featuring a woman's body and capable of expressing human emotions, following movements and communicating in Korean.

The developer, the state-funded Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), claims the robot, dubbed EveR-1 is the second of its kind, following Actroid which Japan unveiled in 2003.

The 160cm-tall robot weighs 50kg and has facial and physical features of a Korean woman in her early 20s. It can recognize 400 Korean words, and can answer questions both verbally and through facial emotions, according to KITECH. Additionally, EveR-1 can synchronize its lips with verbal communication.

Unlike Actroid, EveR-1 has motion data process sensors installed inside its artificial eyeballs, allowing it to follow people's eyes and face movements as well.

KITECH claimed overcoming mechanical and technical difficulties to control the 35 miniature motors installed over the robot's face and body. Engineers have enabled emotional expressions of EveR-1 to be smoother and more natural than those of Actroid's movements. EveR-1 can also imitate human emotions like pleasure, anger, sorrow and joyfulness through 15 motors built into its face and pliably synthesized skin made of silicon.

The android, which cost $321,000 to build, can move the upper body only, but KITECH said it hopes to develop an advanced version able to sit and stand on its own by year-end.

- Sean Shim
EE Times

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