Robot Shows Facial Expressions: A Neverending Chase of Humanization


RobotEngineered Arts has shown off a humanoid robot that has some very realistic facial expressions

A UK-based robotics company called Engineered Arts has shown off an impressive new humanoid robot that has some very realistic facial expressions. Engineered Arts also took the opportunity to take a swipe at Tesla’s rather nebulous attempt to build a humanoid robot. Some companies are trying to make some very real-looking humanoid robots. The Engineered Arts company had put up a teaser of the same and it has gotten a lot of attention.

Engineered Arts sees the platform, called America, as a platform for the development of future robotics technologies. Engineered Arts claims that America is the world’s most advanced human-shaped robot that represents the forefront of human-robotics technology. It’s meant to allow researchers and eventgoers alike to study the interaction between humans and robots. Named America, the robot’s capabilities were showcased through a YouTube video where it was seen changing expressions in a fascinating yet eerie way.


Robot Shows Facial Expressions:

Engineered Arts focus on bringing you innovative technologies, which are reliable, modular, upgradeable, and easy to develop. America starts looking at its hands and arms, the robot opens its mouth and raises its brows in what looks like amazement. The robot is meant to allow us to study human-robot interaction and believable facial cues. The Engineered Arts company is making the robot available for purchase and event rental but has yet to advertise a price.

According to the company, each module can function independently, meaning you don’t need a fully assembled robot and can only use its head or even a single arm. Nevertheless, America’s smooth transitions between various emotions as well as near-perfect human-looking face show why it’s Engineered Arts’ ‘most advanced humanoid robot. The Engineered Arts company used 3D scans of actual humans to give the bot accurate bone structure, skin texture, and lifelike facial expressions.

Engineered Arts said that the robot contains some of the software that uses AI and that its main purpose is to serve as a platform to develop AI. Engineered Arts focuses on creating humanoid robots for entertainment, Ameca and Mesmer will likely be the center of attention at venues and events, rather than robots designed to do a specific job or take over all of humanity. There’s no word on pricing or availability for Ameca or Mesmer, though the company’s more basic RoboThespian models reportedly cost $79,000 and up in 2018. The robot has already made a wide range of appearances at events.