Dedicated to Bruce Sterling
May 15, 2007—She can hold a conversation, make eye contact, and express joy, anger, sorrow, and happiness. But is she good in the bed?
Researchers at Osaka University in Japan unveiled their own life-size female android, Repliee Q1, last June (see a related photo of the ultra-lifelike robot). That robot could "speak," and gesture and even appeared to breathe but, like EveR-1, was only mobile from the waist up.
KITECH scientists are now working on EveR-2, which they say will have improved vision, a wider range of facial expressions, passionate sobs and moaning, and the ability to stand and move all four limbs.