Furhat Robotics uses human-machine research to help develop ideas for new robots

As social robots continue to be developed by different teams, each group hopes to make something that will further close the gap between human and technological interactions.

Furhat Robotics created a platform that resulted from “more than 15 years of cutting-edge research in human-machine interaction and spoken dialog systems,” according to its website.

The Furhat robot mimics human interaction and a “state-of-the-art animation system that is back-projected on a translucent mask.” The robot speaks and makes facial expressions similar to a human. Users can connect to the robot via a Wi-Fi or ethernet connection. It can recognize programs like Microsoft Kinect and SingStar Wireless Microphone. From there, users can also customize the robot with apps and different “face models.”

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