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The ‘Mask-bot' Uses 2D Photos to Create 3D Facial Expr

Instead of viewing robots as creepy and lifeless beings, with the ‘Mask-bot,’ we may simply start to perceive them as extensions of ourselves.

Created by German and Japanese researchers, the ‘Mask-bot’ is a revolutionary robot technology that translates a 2D photo of a person into a 3D face that mimics a human’s facial expressions and emotions -- for example, the ‘Mask-bot’ can be happy, sad or angry. A projection of a person’s face via real-time video can also be used, turning the robot into a "human avatar," which would come in handy for teleconferences and the like. In addition, human expressions recorded via motion capture can be used to create a completely new and unique face for the ‘Mask-bot,’ and it can speak anything that is typed in English or Japanese, although it currently cannot hold a normal human conversation on its own.

According to TechNewsDaily, this kind of innovation builds on technology seen at the Disney ‘Haunted Mansion’ ride (the ride projects faces of actors onto busts).