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Baby Robot Encourages Procreation

A group of students in Japan have produced a strangely realistic robot baby to encourage young people to begin planning a family and boost the country's plunging birth rate.
The automated doll developed at the University of Tsukuba, called Yotara, giggles and "wakes up" when a rattle is shaken.
They sulk and doze off like a real child and smiles when his stomach is rubbed. The robot can also sneeze and have a runny nose, thanks to a heated water pump system.
The students of the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences on the university created the robot last year with contact sensors. A projector beams the facial functions onto a warm silicon balloon which makes up Yotara's encounter.
The robot's facial expressions and body movements alter based on pressure applied to various parts of its physique. The information collected through contact sensors under the silicon skin is processed by a unique program.
It then changes the baby's expression projected onto the balloon-face from behind. A bonnet with small bear ears and a pastel color blanket covers the robot's limbs which imitate wiggling with the help of a geared motor.
"We wanted to create a brand new type of robot that's soft, cuddly and cute," said project leader Hiroki Kunimura. "We'd like individuals to encounter the innocent, joyful expressions typical of little babies."
"Through this experience, it would be great if some people started out feeling that they wanted to have their own baby, if they started out feeling that functioning is not every thing."
Japan's birth rate is among the lowest within the developed globe at 1.37%, in comparison to 2.12% within the United States and 1.84% in Britain.
According to some ministry of labor and welfare report, Japan is dealing with serious economic implications with over a quarter of its citizens anticipated to be aged over 65 by 2015. The population is expected to reduce in size by a third inside 50 years if the birth rate does not increase.

 

A group of students in Japan have produced a strangely realistic robot baby to encourage young people to begin planning a family and boost the country's plunging birth rate.

The automated doll developed at the University of Tsukuba, called Yotara, giggles and "wakes up" when a rattle is shaken.

They sulk and doze off like a real child and smiles when his stomach is rubbed. The robot can also sneeze and have a runny nose, thanks to a heated water pump system.

The students of the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences on the university created the robot last year with contact sensors. A projector beams the facial functions onto a warm silicon balloon which makes up Yotara's encounter.

The robot's facial expressions and body movements alter based on pressure applied to various parts of its physique. The information collected through contact sensors under the silicon skin is processed by a unique program.

It then changes the baby's expression projected onto the balloon-face from behind. A bonnet with small bear ears and a pastel color blanket covers the robot's limbs which imitate wiggling with the help of a geared motor.

"We wanted to create a brand new type of robot that's soft, cuddly and cute," said project leader Hiroki Kunimura. "We'd like individuals to encounter the innocent, joyful expressions typical of little babies."

"Through this experience, it would be great if some people started out feeling that they wanted to have their own baby, if they started out feeling that functioning is not every thing."

Japan's birth rate is among the lowest within the developed globe at 1.37%, in comparison to 2.12% within the United States and 1.84% in Britain.

According to some ministry of labor and welfare report, Japan is dealing with serious economic implications with over a quarter of its citizens anticipated to be aged over 65 by 2015. The population is expected to reduce in size by a third inside 50 years if the birth rate does not increase.

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