So you thought androids and robots look less human? Japanese scientists have developed the most human-looking robot yet devised – a “female” android called Repliee Q1.
Some more details from a BBC News reports
“She has flexible silicone for skin rather than hard plastic, and a number of sensors and motors to allow her to turn and react in a human-like manner.”
“She can flutter her eyelids and move her hands like a human. She even appears to breathe.”
“Before Repliee Q1, Professor Ishiguro developed Repliee R1 which had the appearance of a five-year-old Japanese girl.”
So what is an Android?
Wikipedia says “An android is an artificially created being that resembles a human being. An android is a robot that looks and behaves like a human. ”
More related definitions at wikipedia
A droid is “a robot, like the intelligent robots in the Star Wars series.”
A Cyborg – “a creature which is a mixture of organic and mechanical parts.”
A robot – “a mechanical device which performs automated physical tasks, either according to direct human supervision, a pre-defined program or, a set of general guidelines using artificial intelligence techniques.”
A Gynoid – a robot designed to look like a human female, as compared to an android modeled after a male.
So technically does it seems proper to call Repliee Q1 a Gynoid?