A Japanese-made robot that speaks, sings and even offers hugs in a weirdly human-like fashion appeared in Shanghai recently for an Android robot exhibition at the Takashimaya department store, located in the Changning district near Hongqiao Road.
The humanoid bot, called Yang Yang, was designed by Shanghai Shenqing Industry (SSI) in collaboration with Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University.
Yang Yang made headlines a few months ago for her undeniable resemblance to former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, although the makers insist that any resemblance is merely a coincidence.
Ishiguro, known as “the father of modern robots”, showed up at the opening of the Shanghai exhibition and spoke a bit about the technology behind his life-like robots, which he believes will one day replace actresses and pop idols.
Yang Yang was first unveiled at the Global Mobile Internet Conference 2015 in Beijing.
Watch the fembot in action along with Song Yang, a Chinese researcher for SSI (and the actual model on which Yang Yang’s looks were based).
by Maggie Wong
[Images via japan.people.com]