Scientists have created the first ‘humanoid’ robot that can mimic the facial expressions and lip movements of a human being. ‘Jules’ – a disembodied androgynous robotic head – can automatically copy the movements, which are picked up by a video camera and mapped on to the tiny electronic motors in his skin. It can grin and grimace, furrow its brow and ‘speak’ as his software translates real expressions observed through video camera ‘eyes’.
Jules mimics the expressions by converting the video image into digital commands that make the robot’s servos and motors produce mirrored movements.
And it all happens in real time as the robot can interpret the commands at 25 frames per second.