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Creepy robot baby developed in Japan

Posted on Saturday, 28 July, 2012 | Comment icon 31 comments | News tip by: Simbi Laveau

Image credit: Youtube / Project Affetto

Known as Affetto, the eerily realistic robot has been created for use in various behavioral experiments.

Featuring a life-like torso and arms that flop around in a way reminiscent of a real baby, scientists at Japan's Osaka University are aiming to use the robotic infant to investigate how human higher cognitive functions develop.

22 pneumatic actuators help to provide the torso with life-like flexibility and "babyish looseness." The team has released the video below demonstrating what the robot is like and inviting viewers to look their eerie creation in the face.

"A robot baby being built as part of a neuroscience research program in Japan has just gotten a torso, including arms that flop around like an infantís sans swaddle."

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Comment icon #22 Posted by Delovely5150 on 29 July, 2012, 3:56
I didn't get the chance to try one during my travels but my B-I-L did and he said it was weird, lol. Maybe you both meant the same thing when you said it was unpleasant, eh? LOL.
Comment icon #23 Posted by justcalmebubba on 29 July, 2012, 17:03
hummmm gives me a new idea for a sci-fi movie plot to write in my next book attack of the zombie robot people! wait can robots be realy concidered a person with out haveing a soul? oh hell with it why not? we had "attack of the killer tomatto's"
Comment icon #24 Posted by Junior Chubb on 29 July, 2012, 22:50
Great story Simbi, thanks for posting. I have lost count of the number of UM Threads that start with an exaggerated title, this one was spot on though. Creep!!
Comment icon #25 Posted by Taun on 30 July, 2012, 2:43
Damn these robots are just getting creepier. I absolutely have to find out when their first album comes out... I so want to avoid accidentally buying it...
Comment icon #26 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 30 July, 2012, 10:08
Maybe they are going to build a new race of kamikaze creepy babys and do another tora on pearl harbor, lol ps I just realized that the last part of kamiKAZE is close to their ww2 partners the nazi's HHHmmmmm very interesting.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Atlantia on 31 July, 2012, 8:32
I shall call him Yoshi!
Comment icon #28 Posted by DeathRain2012 on 31 July, 2012, 16:02
Give it an AK-47 and a cigar, then I will think the Japanese are badass for building this robot.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Junior Chubb on 31 July, 2012, 21:46
I shall call him Yoshi! He will need a Birdo then
Comment icon #30 Posted by TheJoker on 7 August, 2012, 3:25
Oh my god the eyes! You need to replace the eyes!
Comment icon #31 Posted by Rlyeh on 7 August, 2012, 3:44
What robots will be like in the future

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