I, for one, welcome the newly-established ministry of silly robot walks.

Android acquires nonverbal communication skills
The droid's body language skills are due in large part to technology that allows it to observe, recognize and remember human behavior. NICT's robot learns body language by watching -- much like children, who learn nonverbal communication by watching others -- and it can mimic the observed behavior with natural human-like motions. The robot also creates 3D maps of each body it observes, and it commits the map to memory. These maps allow the robot to remember how people and their bodies look, even when viewing them from different angles. In addition, the robot is equipped with delicate force control mechanisms that allow for precise motion and safe physical interaction with humans.

9 Responses:

  1. merovingian says:

    Dear Japan,

    I require video in your robot press releases.


  2. baconmonkey says:

    that general lack-of-face non-verbally communicates to me "I will crushy you, puny human, and kill all you hold dear!"

  3. ammutbite says:

    good "eye" to "head" ratio. disarms victims with cuteness...

  4. hafnir says:

    I think I've seen this movie - doesn't end happily....

  5. ultranurd says:


  6. autodidactic says:

    I wanna see it do flappy wristed flaming homo surprise. :)

  7. chrisbert says:

    Is it Three Laws Safe?