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Robots need realistic faces and emotions to help us feel comfortable

Human faces on robots aren't enough... we need emotions.

Published Tue, Jun 23 2015 11:45 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

Just developing a robot is no longer enough, as more humans begin to interact with a variety of different models available. Recent breakthroughs allow robots to look more lifelike and provide even more tasks, such as customer service and assistance - but it's no longer enough to just have a robot look like a human.

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To help with better human-robot interaction, the robots must be able to convey realistic emotions, particularly using facial expressions. It is rather disconcerting to see a robot that is smiling but its eyes cannot share the same emotion.

It remains a challenge to perfect facial expressions and emotions, so receptionists, store greeters, and other jobs held by humans will likely be safe - for now.

SoftBank's Pepper humanoid robot has the ability to develop its own personality and accurately identifh human emotions - giving it the unique ability to specialize its interactions with humans.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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