University Of Science And Technology Of China Unveils New Interactive Robot

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After three years of research and development, the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei has unveiled Jia Jia, a new interactive robot. Team director Chen Xiaoping showed off Jia Jia, who looks very realistic and features natural eye movement, speech in sync with lip movements, has the ability to show micro-expressions, and can move its body.

“We hope to develop the robot so it has deep learning abilities. We will add facial expression recognition and make it interact more deeply with people,” said Chen.

While Jia Jia currently cannot cry or laugh, Chen indicated they are working on adding that functionality to her. Jia Jia greeted the audience with a cordial hello and even joked about taking photos.

“Don’t come too close to me when you are taking a picture. It will make my face look fat,” Jia Jia said.

No price was attached to the development of Jia Jia, and Chen says the team hasn’t considered mass production yet. Jia Jia will be at the 2016 China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair next week, and hopefully we’ll see some video of “her” in action. USCT’s previous work included developing Kejia, a model service robot.

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  Source: Xinhuanet
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