18 December 2009

Yotaro Baby Simulator

While most people have heard of small baby-simulator dolls used to teach people about childcare, they probably haven’t heard of Yotaro, a robotic baby simulator with an interactive screen for a face. This strange creation is the result of research at the University of Tsukuba in Japan ...

Yotaro is an interactive robot that portrays a variety of facial expressions, movements, and physiological characteristics that are all natural to babies. The device reacts to the user through a sophisticated emotion-control system that watches and senses what the user is doing and provides an appropriate reaction. That the baby can do a variety of things (like crying real tears) makes it much more sophisticated than the standard baby-training dolls.
Edited for clarity.
University of Tsukuba (Site is in Japanese)


Via DesignBoom

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