Toshiba’s new android ‘worker’ makes use of signal language, speaks Japanese
Toshiba’s latest rent (of types) is known as Aiko Chihara — and she or he’s manning a reception desk on the firm’s sales space at CEATEC 2014 in Japan. Oh, and she or he’s silcone-coated robotic. Interplay is not in her repertoire simply but — a Toshiba spokesman stated that it was definitely a risk sooner or later — as Aiko solely got here into being final month. There’s 15 actuators inside the top for expression, whereas but extra are paired with air compressor to offer (unerringly) clean movement to the arms and palms. Toshiba collaborated with a number of universities, together with Osaka College, to develop the robotic and its signal language expertise are geared for Japanese (with voice instructions narrating together with it). Whereas the bot is lifelike and fluid, there is no intelligence to talk of: actions are all preprogrammed. The corporate says that there are additionally plans to show Aiko American Signal Language sooner or later, in addition to hoping to put in the android and its (signal) language expertise at different exhibitions and exhibits within the close to future — one thing that a handful of different robots are already being tasked with. We have got video-based mostly glimpse of the uncanny valley proper after the break.