Female Robot to Hit Catwalk at Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo


Female robot HRP-4C, developed by National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, is making a debut as a model at Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo, said the research group for humanoid robots at a demonstration for reporters Monday.

Female Robot

New robot looks exactly like an average 20-year old Japanese woman. It is 62.2 inch (158 cm) tall and weighs 128 pounds (58 kg).

New creation of Japanese scientists can walk gracefully and – greater than that – it understands human speech and can talk. But the greatest success about this robot, developers say, is that it has human facial expressions. 42 micro motors hidden under “skin” of the robot’s face and neck make it possible for the “woman” to realistically mimic various human emotions like joy, anger, fear, surprise, etc.

At the demonstration, female robot introduced itself and then answered questions from a host, laughed, made gestures of surprise and stunned reporters by its naturally-looking facial expressions and behavior.

New robot cost 200 million yen (2 million USD) to develop. If it is mass produced, the price will go down to 20 million yen (200 thousand USD). Developers plan to launch the production in a year. HRP-4C will be mainly used in malls to demonstrate clothes.

Source of the image: katu.com.