Mask-bot will influence the way in which we humans communicate with robots in the future,"
prototype of a new robot face that a team at the Institute for Cognitive Systems (ICS) at TU Munchen has developed in collaboration with a group in Japan
A huge amount of research worldwide is still being channeled into the development of programs that enable robots to listen and understand humans in real time and make appropriate responses
The Munich researchers are already working on the next generation. Mask-bot 2 will see the mask, projector and computer control system all contained inside a mobile robot.
Whereas the first prototype cost just under EUR 3,000, costs for the successor model should come in at around EUR 400.
Besides video conferencing, "These systems could soon be used as companions for older people who spend a lot of time on their own,"