Geminoid Summit

Picture from IEEE Spectrum

According to IEEE Spectrum’s automation blog, three geminoids met in Japan at the ATR laboratory on March 30th. What are geminoids? They are telepresence robots that take the form of an android (human looking robot).

You can probably tell that the people standing are the real humans, and the rest are the geminoids. The geminoids are Geminoid FGeminoid HI-1, and Geminoid DK, whose originals are the lady on the left (whose identity we don’t know too much about), Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University, and Prof. Henrik Scharfe of Aalborg University, in Denmark respectively.

Prof. Ishiguro has made a generation of geminoids on his quest to answer the question “what is a human?”

The following IEEE Spectrum podcast features his work and explains the idea of geminoid in 4.5 minutes:

http://spectrum.ieee.org/jwplayer/player.swf

The blog post on the Geminoid Summit reports:

Anyone can teleoperate the androids, but the experience is certainly unique for those individuals who served as templates.

“We wanted to get together and share our experience of having robot copies,” Scharfe told me.

According to Prof. Scharfe, whose Geminoid cost some US $200,000 and will be shipped to Denmark soon, some situations felt more natural than others, but generally he could accept the different conditions as “real conversations.”

He will now take time to interpret the material from these experiments and hopes to publish his findings at some point.

It would be fascinating to read Prof. Scharfe’s papers when it comes out. Meanwhile, here’s an entertaining video of the event:

One comment

  1. WOW!!! My son, Danny won 2nd place in the Cartoon Network Contest! We were told he would be entered in the Space Camp drainwg. He is so excited! He ordered a Space Suit last year from Nasa and wears it all the time. He even had it on when he was told that he had won tonight. His dream is to be an astronaut. His hero is Jim Lovell Commander of Apollo 13. He dressed as Jim Lovell in a makeshift astronaut suit and told about Jim Lovell and Apollo 13 in a classroom report when he was in the second grade and after the report sent a picture of himself dressed as Commander Lovell and sent it to him via email and Commander Lovell actually replied personally to his email. He can’t wait to receive the Lego’s. He’s had plenty of Lego’s but his favorite Lego sets were the ones he purchased at Disney when we vacationed there to ride Mission to Mars on the 3rd day of it’s opening. His Grandfather is involved in Nasa’s JPL and shares alot of interest and enthusiam with him about the space program. He has many commerative NASA pins and patches, space DVD’s and photos. LEGO your the BEST for promoting this wonderful event!!!

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