Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Einstein robot greets visitors with a smile

If you managed to watch the movie ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ and marveled at the special effects involved in it, you will have one more reason to smile. among the dozens of special effects involved in making the film, a robot was used to mimic an older version of Brad Pitt which needed 155 technicians to work flawlessly; the same technology has been used in a unique robot version of Albert Einstein.

Einstein may have been dead for 50 years but if you need him to greet you at the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference in Long Beach, California, he is there. The robot, designed by David Hanson, a roboticist from Dallas, TX, follows onlookers with his eyes, and smiles or frowns when appropriate. A serious Einstein to mimic the movements of the human faces 48 muscles. The robotic face uses 32 motors to create the expressions, and two hidden cameras to look out of its eyes.

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