A geminoid robot is a robot that is made specifically to mimic the appearance of a human being, the goal of course is to make a robot that is so similar to a real person that you couldn't tell them apart.
There are a few impressing geminoids out there, the latest being the Geminoid DK, in fact if you were to look at a still picture of him you probably wouldn't see it was just a machine in a human costume. That is, if it wasn't a close up.
So far though, all doubts wether they are real persons or not are dismissed as soon as they start to move.
The first one is the Geminoid HI-1, created by a japanese scientist called Hiroshi Ishiguro.
As you can see the movement is a bit jerky which gives it a slightly creepy look.
Read an interview with the creator here.
This one is the latest to attract attention world wide. Created in Denmark to look like Henrik Scharfe at the Aalborg university.
As with his japanese cousin, when he starts to move he looks a bit disturbing.
Visit the facebook of Geminoid DK here.
This one is also developed by Hiroshi Ishiguro. This time made to look like a female.
A lot better than the other two, but still a long way to go.
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