New robot face smiles and sneers

February 17, 2003 | Source: news service

The new K-bot robot can express a full repertoire of human facial expressions and could be a useful tool for scientists researching AI.

She has 28 facial movements, including smiling, sneering, furrowing her brow and arching her eyebrows. She also has cameras in her eyes to recognize and respond to humans.

K-bot is the creation of David Hanson, a former Disney employee now working at the University of Texas-Dallas.

K-bot’s face is made of a polymer that is a combination of an elastomer and a foaming agent, giving the appearance and flexibility of skin without requiring the complexity of human tissue.