the appearance of the Japanese robot Hiro-chan
There are a huge number of robots and each of them has its own purpose. For example, humanoid robots from Boston Dynamics can be used in construction and for automobiles and ships. But among all of them are devices which help the elderly with daily tasks and not make them feel lonely. Recently, the Japanese company Vstone created a robot called Hiro-chan, which partly solves exactly this problem. It is made in the form of a baby, is able to Express emotions. The creators believe that while you care about it people out of nursing homes will feel that they need someone. But why the robot has no face and he is able to play only the sound?
About an unusual robot and the idea of its developers was presented in the publication . Outwardly similar to the new soft toy in the form of a baby which is capable of reproducing hundreds of different sounds produced by these children. When the robot left alone, he starts crying and if to demand to picked up and comforted. If you pick it up in his arms and hugged, he slowly calms down and begins to laugh. I think that if the elderly are to care at least about this device, they will have the opportunity to experience positive emotions and feel that they are not alone.
Employees of the company Vstone decided to build a robot without a face due to the fact that at the moment nobody has been able to create a mechanism able to realistically portray emotion through facial expressions. As if the engineers tried, when you look at the "emotional" robots in humans, there is fear of the uncanny valley. About this phenomenon we have mentioned many times. For example, in 2018 we surveyed , which is very similar to a real person, but due to sudden and unnatural movements of your face it makes the people the horror.
Not to scare people, the engineers decided to create a robot that expresses its emotions exclusively with sounds. Using hundreds of different recordings of cries and laughter of babies they have ensured that the robot changes its mood as smooth as possible and does not cause hostility. When a person takes a robotic baby in his arms, he understands that by using accelerometers, which report the change in the position of his body relative to the surrounding space. If to hug him, and thus to Express the love, the robot begins to experience joy.
Japanese robot Hiro-chan is able to Express emotions even without facial expressions
Need to accept that the idea of the company Vstone seems very strange. At the moment we can't say for sure whether it's the robot to save the elderly from loneliness. But maybe the researchers know that it is not clear to us — it's no wonder they decided to work on such a strange project?
To Test the robot Hiro-chan on the matter will not be easy. Due to the lack of a complex mechanism for expression of emotions through facial expressions, the creators were able to achieve the lowest possible cost trends. It is reported that he is not more than 5.5 thousand yen, which in terms of our money equal to about 3 thousand rubles. To allow such a robot will be able to many nursing homes, but demand likely to arise only from Japanese institutions. For U.S. residents, and the more robotic technique still seems somewhat suspicious, but in Japan, they have become something quite usual. About love Japanese robots, by the way, you can read in our .
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