University of Pisa's 'Hybrid Engine for Facial Expressions Synthesis' (HEFES) undertaking aims to mimic human expressions with attention detail and aesthetics. Many have lamented the lifelike qualities present in robots, leading to unease with the scientific faculty in general.
HEFES aims to create a genre of good-looking cyborgs. To this end, 32 small motors have been inserted around the facial region of the design in an attempt to emulate realistic muscular motions. The team's emphasis on the emotions of fear, sadness, disgust and surprise has been essential to this attempt, and it is these qualities that have been picked up on by the untrained eyes of children in its most recent survey. The attractive nature of these androids may lead to greater acceptance on behalf of robotic opponents.
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