New Actroid Robot Functions in Social Situations

Japanese company Kokoro has released a new actroid robot, Actroid-SIT, which can function autonomously in social situations. The Actroid-SIT is smarter and more lifelike than the teleoperated Geminoid F.  The new robot can make eye contact and gesture at the person who is speaking and has overall improved human-robot interaction. Actroid-SIT can now handle interruptions in conversations gracefully and transition smoothly to a new response fitting the situation. Researchers say that the improvements lead humans to perceive the robot as “more friendly, sensitive, sophisticated and warm.”

(Source: IEEE Spectrum)

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