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Face of what's to come

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 April, 2012, 12:00am


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A lifelike robot designed in Japan is giving curious shoppers in Taikoo Shing a glimpse of a futuristic world.

Geminoid F - F for female - is appearing in the 'Robots in Motion 2012' expo at Cityplaza until April 15. The android, modelled on an unnamed half-Japanese, half-Russian woman in her 20s, can mimic 65 facial expressions from sly grins to angry glares to subtle frowns.

She can 'be human for two to three seconds', says creator Hiroshi Ishiguro, a renowned Japanese robot designer at Osaka University.

Geminoid F focuses on conversational skills. Cameras and face-tracking software help her follow her operator's behaviour like humans do in real life. Her natural appearance puts people at ease and her 'mixed blood' gives her a more universal look.

The robot has starred in a play entitled Sayonara alongside an American human actress, Bryerly Long. She also modelled for store windows and might become a receptionist.

The robot exhibition includes 15 hi-tech robots designed by international engineers. They can dance, do kung-fu and play soccer.