A tele-operated android that has similar appearance of original person

For this research project, we use “Geminoids”, androids built to very closely resemble specific human “models”, as a platform for research toward understanding humans; our goal is to apply methods from engineering, cognitive science, and neuroscience to investigate various research topics. In addition, using a teleoperation system, we explore not just how people conversing with the robot are affected, but also how the robot’s operator is affected. In this research, we developed Geminoid HI-2, modeled on Prof. Ishiguro, and Geminoid F, an android closely resembling a specific female model. Currently, we are investigating the capability of such an android to socially influence people.