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Prosthetic Hands More ‘Eerie’ Than Robotic Hands
2013-11-12 18:34:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online A new study by The University of Manchester found people would prefer to look at robotic hands rather than prosthetic hands. Researchers writing in the journal Perception said they found people perceive prosthetic hands as eerie, but making them look more human-like does make them more acceptable. The team said they hope their study will help improve designs for prosthetic limbs. Previous studies have shown the closer a robot...

Activision Brings Next-Gen Video Game Characters To Life
2013-03-29 11:58:31

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online This week at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) some of the new video game animations looked a lot less like video games and a lot more real. Activision Blizzard offered a demonstration on Wednesday, which included next-generation rendering of characters that featured skin, facial expressions and eyes that were incredibly detailed and convincing. Part of the reason for this is that the characters' designs feature those flaws...

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2011-07-15 07:05:00

Researchers have peered into the "uncanny valley" of the human brain for the first time. The "uncanny valley" refers to an artificial agent's drop in likeability when it becomes too humanlike.  The international team of researchers said they used an MRI to determine that what may be going on is due to a perceptual mismatch between appearance and motion. The team said many viewers find the characters in the animated film "Polar Express" give them the creeps.  Most of the androids...

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2009-10-13 11:06:58

Princeton University researchers have come up with a new twist on the mysterious visual phenomenon experienced by humans known as the "uncanny valley." The scientists have found that monkeys sense it too. The uncanny valley, a phrase coined by a Japanese researcher nearly three decades ago, describes that disquieting feeling that occurs when viewers look at representations designed to be as human-like as possible -- whether computer animations or androids -- but somehow fall short....

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2007-09-13 09:00:00

By MATT SLAGLE RICHARDSON, Texas - David Hanson has two little Zenos to care for these days. There's his 18-month-old son Zeno, who prattles and smiles as he bounds through his father's cramped office. Then there's the robotic Zeno. It can't speak or walk yet, but has blinking eyes that can track people and a face that captivates with a range of expressions. At 17 inches tall and 6 pounds, the artificial Zeno is the culmination of five years of work by Hanson and a small group of engineers,...


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