Lazzeri's team used 32 motors under FACE's polymer skin and around its skull and upper torso to more closely mimic real facial expressions. The team also used a 30-year-old system called Facial Action Coding System (FACS) that codes facial expressions to correspond with anatomic muscle movements.
Some of the emotions FACE displayed were anger, disgust, happiness, sadness, surprise and fear. The team tested the robot's accuracy by asking five autistic and 15 non-autistic children to identifly FACE's emotions. A psychologist was also on hand to perform the same emotions. Both groups correctly identified anger, sadness and happiness but had trouble identifying disgust, fear and surprise.
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While FACE might be a step up from the wax museum, I'll be honest, I'm still feeling a bit of that 'uncanny valley.' Check out the following video and let me know what you think.
via Gizmodo, New Scientist Credit: YouTube screen grab