Robot video blogging: Japanese build giant, freaky baby robot

I don’t want to step on Allah’s domain, but I got this scoop and I’m running with it.

Take a look at this thing.

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It’s the size of a second-grader but it’s supposed to function like a 1 to 2 year old kid. It has three senses, vision, hearing and touch, and blinks like Nancy Pelosi. Its silicon skin is supposed to feel human, other than being all cold and plasticy. Compressed air drives the 56 internal motors that move the arms, legs, head and whatever else moves. Osaka University, where the CB2 robot was built, ought to be proud. The rest of us ought to be horrified.

Click on the image to see it…move. And coo like a baby. I’ll have nightmares about it tonight, I’m sure.

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Update: Yahoo did something weird to the link. It was working before but it isn’t working now and linking directly to it yields an error message–in Japanese. I’ve fixed the link in the image now so that it goes to a different page. From there, click on the link next to the plastic robot baby’s head and you should be good to go.