It may have taken a year, but Osaka University’s Affetto baby now has a torso. This animated robot baby now has a pair of arms to go along with it too. Watching it move is pretty unnerving since it is very baby-like.
Just like a baby, it even accidentally hits itself in the face during the demo video. This baby bot has about 20 pneumatic actuators that provide the movement. The face doesn’t seem to do anything yet, but in time I’m sure it will be synced up with the body.
This is pretty creepy stuff. Once they fine-tune that face it will get even creepier. Make sure you check out the video to see what I mean. What do you think, cute or creepy?