After more than a decade of quiet, Sony‘s suddenly brought back their robotic pet companion AIBO, and he’s gotten quite an upgrade since the last time we saw him.
Following Google’s recent announcement of their new Google Home, ASUS has just introduced their very own home-assistant-robot-thingy, the ASUS Zenbo.
Honestly, it looks and sounds kind of creepy.
We’ve all seen sci-fi movies. Humans develop computers and systems so advanced, we lose control over them…which eventually leads to them rising up against us, ending humanity as we know it.
Why? Well, it’s probably because of these tests Boston Dynamics carries out on their robots, where it seems like the only requirement is to be a jerk to this poor bot.
Our love of robots has best been displayed throughout the films and TV shows that have captured our hearts. Be it scary or adorable, we’ve come to know that they play an integral role despite not actually “being” human.
Across our screens, we’ve seen lovable and iconic characters like WALL-E, Iron Giant, C-3PO, R2-D2 and most recently, BB-8. Though advancements in technology as finally gifted us our own personal droid; hats off to Sphero, they made miniature BB-8s real.
But as of today, the makers have just shown off a prototype wearable at CES 2016 that takes it a step further, allowing you to control your BB-8 with the Force!
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Modeled to be similar to a child of between one to two years old, Affetto is developed by Hisashi Ishihara, Yuichiro Yoshikawa and Prof. Minoru Asada of Osaka University in Japan and is designed to make realistic facial expressions so that humans can interact with it in a more natural way where it will be used to study the early stages of humans social development.
It’s a novel idea but if there are any lessons to be learned here its — it doesn’t mean you can create something, you should.
For more Affetto freakiness, head on over to after the jump for two videos of the barely human humanoid robot.