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New Geminoid Heading To Denmark In April

Denmark’s Aalborg University is working with Japan’s Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR) and Kokoro Co. Ltd., the inventors of the lifelike androids known as Geminoids, to build the first European model.  The reduced complexity of the Geminoid-F made it much less expensive (around $110,000 USD), making it possible for Aalborg Univerity’s Center for Computer-mediated Epistemology to purchase one of their own.  The robot will be based on Associate Professor and Director Henrik Scharfe, and will be the first of its kind outside of Japan.  It will be used to study human robot interaction, including the cultural differences in the perception of robots.

A conceptual image of what Geminoid DK will look like

In 2008 hospitals in Denmark began adopting therapeutic robot seals (see Paro), and in 2010 began working with Cyberdyne’s exoskeleton (see HAL).

[source: Geminoid DK] via [GetRobo @ Twitter]