Trying to concentrate in a crowded, busy workspace, graduate student Harumi Ayai pats makeup onto the immobile features of a face robot in the Hara-Kobayashi Laboratory. This machine, the first face robot built in the lab, has a single camera in its left eye. Notwithstanding the relative simplicity of its design, the machine was able to smile when people approached it. Although rapidly superseded by later models, the lab went through three generations in a few years, the robot is still being studied. Japan. From the book Robo sapiens: Evolution of a New Species, page 78-79.
- © 2000 Peter Menzel, www.menzelphoto.com, Robo Sapiens
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