'Nadine' is a prime example of how robots are becoming more lifelike...
Robots that can help out around the house haven’t evolved much past mowing the lawn or vacuuming the floor yet. But a new robot that can crack jokes, call for help, and read your mood is now working behind the counter as a receptionist in Singapore.
And when it keeps its mouth shut, it looks eerily convincing.
Researchers at Nanyang Technological University presented their latest humanoid robot named Nadine earlier this month. It’s built to act like a companion by answering questions in a more personalized way than automated smartphone assistants like Siri and Cortana.
“Nadine is aware of the environment,” says Nadia Thalmann, a computer engineering professor and director of the Institute for Media Innovation at Nanyang. “Depending on what you say she can be more mad or more pleasant.”
Thalmann says that Nadine’s dose of personality isn’t just a fancy touch, it’ll be an important communication tool for helping the elderly and responding to emergencies. She says Nadine is best equipped to become a service robot, dialing 9-1-1 when someone falls and can’t get up, or helping people read directions.
And the bot can do it all with a little bit of flair.
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