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Walking, talking living doll: Japanese scientists unveil female android:

Japanese professor Hiroshi Ishiguro yesterday unveiled a female android that can laugh and smile as it mimics human expressions.

Using a motion-capture system, the robot, called Geminoid TMF, can move its rubber face to imitate a smile, a toothy grin, and a grim-looking frown.

Prof Ishiguro, a professor at Osaka University, developed the android with a team of researchers together with Japan's robot maker Kokoro.

Geminoid TMF is equipped with 12 actuators, powered by air pressure, and her motion can be synched to imitate that of a real human being.

Prof Ishiguro has designed several robots made to look like humans in the past - even building one in his own image.
The professor has said that one day robots could fool us into believing they are human.

'An android could get away with it for a short time, 5-10 seconds. However, if we carefully select the situation, we could extend that, to perhaps 10 minutes,' he said.

A model pokes the face of Geminoid-F, which was designed and built by Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro

Professor Ishiguro with the android he built in his own image

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