Don't believe your eyes: This realistic robot is not human
Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Anhui, China, have just raised the bar for realistic-looking robots.
One of the teams has showed off a humanoid robot named Jiajia, whose features are modelled after those of five students from the university.
Jiajia's skin is made of a silicone material, and she's able to blink and nod in response to questions.
However, despite looking realistic while standing still, her gestures need work. From the demo video, it's clear that her facial control around blinking and speaking is far from convincing.
A close-up of Jiajia's features. (Image courtesy: CCTV News)
The team boasts that she's able to recognize voices belonging to different people, and has some capability of processing speech and responding intelligently -- like Siri come to life.
Chinese netizens on Weibo are commenting how realistic she appears at a glance, but some pointed out that her stony facial expressions and mechanical hand movements make her seem pretty creepy.
A user, called "Thousand snow", said: "Too weird, I have goosebumps."
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