What is Actroid? Somebody will ask back who that is. Maybe some another anime new series was release, or something like cosmic stuff. Actually it is humanoid robot that developed in Osaka University, manufactured by Kokoro Company Ltd.
Mr. Wikipedia said that:
An Actroid is a humanoid robot with strong visual human-likeness developed by Osaka University and manufactured by Kokoro Company Ltd. (the animatronics division of Sanrio). It was first unveiled at the 2003 International Robot Exposition in Tokyo, Japan. Several different versions of the product have been produced since then. In most cases, the robot’s appearance has been modeled after an average young woman of Japanese descent.
The Actroid woman is a pioneer example of a real machine similar to imagined machines called by the science fiction terms android or gynoid, so far used only for fictional robots. It can mimic such lifelike functions as blinking, speaking, and breathing. The “Repliee” models are interactive robots with the ability to recognise and process speech and respond in kind.
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That invention will fulfill the ambition of some mecha-creator include this robot developer to make robot alive around human being world. Sound interesting, hopefully by that the technology item including this robot will be cheaper to have it at home, be like house maid, or… go easy, don’t think so hard what they can do to you. They exactly like human from their appearance and size of normal human body. Sometime confused are they human or not, except if you looks more closely.
For now, Actroid can mimic like human but only to face and sound, not to others part like hand or leg. They cannot walk around but developer still in progress to develop more advance function for Actroid, maybe in sort period ahead, they will release version totally like human.
What interesting is, Actroid are using “Pneumatic Pressure System” which are using air as medium inside and supplies a power to the actuators by the compressed air. The system has advantages in its high safety compared with other fluid pressure systems such oil and water pressure system. Furthermore, that robot will generate few heat, no magnetic field generated and what important to look more alive, no noise from their system.
Want to have they in your event, house or owned it? Actroid will enter the market in Spring 2010, they will sold for USD 20,000 per unit at selected stores in Japan. For rent, it will cost USD 3,500 for 5 days. I’m not sure how about rent cost per day, but for get more information about Kokoro product, you can referred here
Maybe in future, robot like ‘persocon’ in Chobits will appear in our society. For some reason, I feel so scary hearing about this, afraid about our future generation, where world are half conquer by robot.
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