Teen Views " Albert Einstein: Back and better than ever
February 23, 2009
Albert Einstein was seemingly spotted, until people realized that he has been dead for more than 50 years. Actually, it is a robot smiling at you. Scientists worked for many hours to make Einstein’s recreated face mimic, to a degree, the 48 facial muscles in a human face. Instead of muscle underneath the skin, there are 32 motors and two hidden cameras in his eyes. The robotic structure combined with the software from the Institute of Neural Computation at the University of California also hides beneath the imitation skin.
The Robot Einstein can follow people with his eyes, and frown, and smile when appropriate.
“This is a robot that can understand feeling and mimic,” the scientists say. They one day hope that computers will be able to relate to people, and to be able to do things that your brain does effortlessly and automatically. The software in Einstein tracks things like the blink of an eye and the wrinkle of a nose.
One of the goals scientists hope to reach is to make this computer tell if we are we really smiling at him with sincerity.