Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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The rapid development of Robot Faces

Various scientists have developed highly communicative human tolerated robot heads These would gain even more emotional fluency with laser painted expressions
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I'm looking at this copy of Technology Review It has a robot that has gone through many iterations of face to be appealing to humans yet the face is made of plastic with mechanical expression changes

They emphasize that robots must give social feedback to be truly useful thus robots with expressive faces speak to the supposed "most" of human communication that is nonverbal

I think that just laser drawing different expressions on the robot would create an even more rapid way to prototype the interactions with humans (basically they have these robots communicate with humans then move the appearance structure towards likeability plus utility) as a way to research then find higher amplitudes of appreciation of nuanced communication

I know its obvious

Yet they haven't done it yet n MIT has been doing robot faces since the 90s or earlier

If you just had to mention it I think there are likely UV compounds that like LCD change transmissivity with UV thus use a laser internal to the head thus creating halftonable skinlike appearance Perhaps a tripolarized light emitter just like color LEDS could do this as well with ordinary nonelectric liquid crystal

also with a UV laser the face could have expression plus turn slightly authentic (fluorescent) pink or have iris dynamics or makeup all of which are known to affect human perception of other humans

a vector laser behind the face drawing expressions seems easier than a UV responsive raster fabric behind the face

beanangel, Jul 01 2010

Rapid development of robot feces. http://www.undercon...ke_Winkelmann_2.jpg
[bungston, Jul 01 2010]


       I wonder if flexible oled screens will eventually be able to wrap around 3d surfaces, cling-film style? That would make expression fairly easy to implement.
wagster, Jul 02 2010

       The funny thing is that they will be very beautiful as humans are artistic
beanangel, Jul 02 2010

       And god created man in his image.
wagster, Jul 02 2010

       //flexible oled screens//   

       Or use a flat screen and make the face out of ulexite, or a synthetic equivalent.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 02 2010

       toy balloon with a projector in the middle ?
FlyingToaster, Jul 02 2010


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