Friday, May 27, 2005

FeiFei - The Dancing Robot

Developed at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Institute of Automation in Beijing, FeiFei a child-sized robot is capable of dancing as well and walking and talking. IT can even detect applause using cameras and respond by saluting or applauding back.

Going beyond simply mimicking motion , the robot also model emotional states and has more than 12 joints in its face allowing it to mimic more than 40 human expressions.

FeiFei is capable of answering simple questions.

The institute has the aim of developing robots for entertainment purpose going up against Honda and Sony in Japan. "We'd like to upgrade our robots to the level of people's home companions just like the Japanese Asimo and Aibo," according to Li Chengrong, a leading robot scientist.