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Repliee Q2 boasts a more (www.is.sys.es.osaka-u.ac.jp/
humanlike face and has more index.en.html) reveals a verita-
degrees of freedom to aid in ble army of robots—some
the formation of facial expres- speech-enabled, some mute,
sions and mouth shapes. and all vaguely terrifying.
under-the-radar speech news // BY ADAM BORETZ A quick search of YouTube There is EVELIEE-P1 (an
will yield many clips of Repliee interactive humanoid),
For the past few months, of a young woman locking eyes Q2 in action, including one in Robovie-M (a small
I’ve really been trying to kick with a Creepy Talking Robot which a young man taps her humanoid), and a lot more.
my addiction to Creepy Talking and a few lines about what has rudely on the shoulder. To The site even includes videos
Robots. I’ve been writing about become my latest obsession: this, she turns and responds, and photos of androids in dif-
them less, thinking about them Android Repliee Q2. “Hey, what’s your problem?” ferent stages of completion:
less, and spending less time The creation of Professor Another clip shows Repliee Q2 with and without skin, dressed
watching videos of them— Hiroshi Ishiguro of the Intelli- interviewing a man—and and undressed.
those long-haired, talking gent Robotics Laboratory at while their conversation is in I should probably add that,
gynoids with full lips and Osaka University, Repliee Japanese, her interactions after discovering Repliee Q2, I
sweet, sweet smiles. But, try as Q2—a comely, though some- appear disturbingly humanlike. made an impassioned appeal to
I might, I can’t seem to escape what matronly looking, robot She gestures, blinks, and even my editor about getting her for
the Siren Song of Creepy with straight brown hair and a appears to draw breath. Her SpeechTEK 2009. “She could
Talking Robots. slim figure—is essentially an eyes dart back and forth. And greet attendees at the door,” I
Just the other day—as I was upgraded version of its prede- when she speaks, you might— said. “She could hand out the
checking my mail and collect- cessor, Repliee Q1. Both mod- just for a few moments—think agendas, lead a breakout session,
ing my magazines—I came els feature “skin” made of she is human. or deliver a keynote.” Sadly, my
across the following headline: silicone, urethane insides, and, If Repliee Q2 isn’t enough editor just sighed, shook his
“Which Is the Robot?” Below of course, the ability to speak for you, the Intelligent Robot- head, and waved me out of his
those words was a photograph and interact with humans. ics Laboratory Web site office. Maybe next year.
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