Developed by Masayoshi Kanoh, an associate professor at Chukyo University in Aichi prefecture, Japan, Babyloid knows what’s going on through its acceleration, temperature, touch, pyroelectric and light sensors. If you hold the crying Babyloid and rock it, it might – if you’re lucky – fall asleep.
Kanoh, who presented the latest version of Babyloid at a robotics conference in Japan last month, says the basic design – with a simplified, smiling face – was chosen “to avoid the creepiness a realistic baby face can have.”
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