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Affetto

Assistant professor Hisashi Ishihara developed the Affetto, a robot designed to realistically simulate a 20-month old, in order to further his study of the face-to-face emotional interactions between mother and baby. In order to maximize the accuracy of emotional information we could get from it, it was absolutely vital to make the robot resemble a real baby as much as possible. Our plan at this point is to see what sorts of interactions people will have with a robot that so closely resembles a real baby. We regard this robot as a tool; while of course a real baby can’t be directly controlled, with a robot we can perform systematic experiments, allowing us to study, say, if a baby acts in such a way, what kind of effect does that have on the baby and the mother? With a real mother and child, their interaction begins before the baby is even born, while still a fetus; even after the baby is born, the mother and baby spend their time together, and they tend to resemble each other as a result. Obviously there’s a degree of this that is caused through character traits being passed genetically, but spending daily life together is also a significant factor in this as well. The effects of this sort of social interaction on cognitive development are naturally also among the targets of our research. Additionally, we’re also studying the effects of prenatal experiences, like the rhythmic movement, the mother’s breathing, or even the mother’s listening to music.

[Source: http://www.cnr.osaka-u.ac.jp/?page_id=628&lang=en]

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Weight 3 kg
Dimensions 43 cm
Facial shape

Human-Like

Eyebrows

None

Eyes

Human-realistic

Eyelashes

None

Eyelids

None

Eyeshape

Human-Like

Nose

Nose with airholes

Inner Mouth

Black, Technology

Lips

Human-Like

Teeth

None

Chin

Human-Like

Ears

Human-Like

Cheeks

Human-Like

Neck

Human-Like, Smaller compared to humans

Degrees of Freedom

Undefined

Skin Type

Latex/Silicone rubber

Skin Color

White

Facial Hair

None

Country

Japan

Purpose

Study

Created by

Osaka University

Frame composition

Child Like

Gender

Undefined

Origin

Study

Version

Undefined

Target group

Mothers

Mouth

Human-Like

Mouth emotion

Neutral

Tongue

None

Eye Size

Human-Like

Head-Neck-Body

Head-Neck-Body

Introduction to public

2011

Talking

Child-Like

Eye Specification

Eyes with eyewhite, iris and pupil