You might do a double take when you see this new interactive robot, as it ‘looks very much like a real woman’.
Dubbed ‘robot goddess’, Jia Jia has the long flowing locks and rosy red cheeks as a human, but is being taught deep learning abilities.
This humanoid is designed with natural eye movement, speech that is syncs with its lip movements and refers to its male creators as ‘lords’.
This life-like cyborg is the brain child of Chen Xiaoping and his colleagues at the University of Science and Technology of China, who unveiled the technology today in Hefei, capital of east China’s Anhui Province.
During the unveiling, Xiaoping said hello to his robot goddess, which immediately responded, ‘Yes my lord, what can I do for you?’
It took the team three years to complete the robot, which can speak, show micro-expressions, move its lips and body, yet seems to hold its head in a submissive manner.
The humanoid is programmed to recognize human/machine interaction, has autonomous position, navigation and offers services based on cloud technology.
Hello everyone, I’m Jia Jia. Welcome!’ the robot said as it greeted the audience at the university’s multi-media center today, reports Xinhuanet.
‘Don’t come too close to me when you are taking a picture.
‘It will make my face look fat,’ Jia Jia said.
This group of researchers were also the masterminds behind the service robot ‘Kejia’ that took home first place at the RoboCup championship in 2014.
Kejia reached a historical mark 8,555 points by showing off its skills of neatly lining up drinks.
But Xiaoping’s robot goddess doesn’t seem like it will be used in any competitions.
‘We hope to develop the robot so it has deep learning abilities. We will add facial expression recognition and make it interact more deeply with people,’ Xiaoping explained.
He also revealed that Jia Jia was ‘priceless’ and the team would not consider mass production, yet.
China’s robot goddess isn’t the first robot to look like a real woman.
Earlier this year a life-like replica of actress Scarlett Johansson made its debut – which winks and giggles when its creator tells her she looks cute.
It took Ricky Ma a year-and-a-half and $50,000 to complete a female robot prototype he calls the Mark 1.
He admits it is modelled after a Hollywood star, but says he does not want to name her. She responds to a set of programmed verbal commands spoken into a microphone.
The humanoid has simple arm and leg movements, turns its head and can bow.
It also has dark blonde hair and liquid eyes, and wears a grey skirt and cropped top, can create detailed facial expressions.
In response to the compliment, ‘Mark 1, you are so beautiful’, its brows and the muscles around its eyes relax, and the corners of its lips lift, creating a natural-seeming smile, and it says, ‘Hehe, thank you.’