We’ve always found mannequins a bit weird, but when they get moving and try to pass “emotions,” things get kind of creepy. The female robot came into being as a result of the work done by Osaka University’s Dr Hiroshi Ishiguro working with Tokyo based department store Takashimaya.
The robo girl mannequin uses facial recognition software and Kinect to register the movement of people around it, and can respond with cues like smiles, nods, yawns and show a total of 60 expressions. Which is about 59 more than Arnold Schwarzenegger. So yeah, the robots seem to be improving.