Designed and built by the eggheads at Osaka University’s Asada Labs, Affetto will be the “world’s most realistic baby” robot; created so researchers can better study the relationship between caregivers and babies. When completed, the robot baby will weigh about 3 pounds and be able to move its arms, neck and spine to simulate as closely as possible–a real baby.
Except real babies aren’t quite as creepy.
I guess these scientists aren’t too concerned about the “uncanny valley”—the idea that the more realistic a robot looks and acts, the creepier it’ll seem to humans.
Which is why this:
is a lot less disturbing than this:
Still, if practicing your parenting skills on a robot baby that looks like it’ll come to life and strangle you while you sleep floats your boat, Affetto may soon be a reality. Check out this recently released demonstration of his bodily skills:
And this previously released video of its facial features:
Meet you in the uncanny valley.