0% Cool: Robotic Face Makes Human Facial Expressions To Make Us Feel More Comfortably With It, Fails HARD

July 12, 2012


This is a robotic face that's been designed and programmed to be able to imitate human facial expressions. What expression is she making? Hell if I know -- derpy maybe? HURRRRRRRR. The face was modeled after one of the scientist's wives, and the concept is that, if robotic faces are able to accurately portray human facial expressions, we'll be more inclined to leap the "uncanny valley" and feel more at ease with our future humanoid overlords. That...is a pretty stupid concept. I'd feel way more at ease if robots were just f***ing boxes that talked.

To create a robot we are more likely to accept, life-like expressions are vital. That's why Nicole Lazzeri at the University of Pisa, Italy, and her colleagues have designed a "Hybrid Engine for Facial Expressions Synthesis" (HEFES) - a facial animation engine that gives realistic expressions to a humanoid robot called FACE.

To mimic the myriad expressions that facial muscles are capable of achieving, the team placed 32 motors around FACE's skull and upper torso that manipulate its polymer skin in the same way that real muscles do.

To create expressions they used a combination of motor movements based on the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) - a system created over 30 years ago which codes facial expressions in terms of anatomic muscle movements.

Hey -- you know how when you were a kid you used to believe that if you made an ugly face and somebody slapped you on the back that you'd get stuck that way? God you were a stupid child. Let me guess, you were probably afraid to step on cracks too.

Hit the jump for a video of the thing derping out.

Thanks to Pauvo, who agrees the only human emotion he wants to see on a robot is PAIN. Yeah -- and fire! "Fire's not an emotion." YOU SHUT YOUR MOUTH.

  • Dillon Beard

    quality bioware animation.

  • JJtoob


  • sexy robot on sick music. Is that the future?

  • AdamCoates

    Orgasm face @ :38

  • Radlad

    They mastered the "taking a dump" face for sure

  • chair soysauce

    Wait, this isn't real?

  • Cory Davenport

    can you F*** it !?!?

  • $18922249


  • Tallon

    Those last ten seconds of pure malice really make the video.

  • Qthedude16

    I hope nobody spent too much time or money on this

  • steven worley

    Holly shit, kill it!

  • ZomBBombeR

    Glad I saw the warning b4 I proceeded god knows what would have happened had I heard those retarted techno noises sans prepration....H for my ears damn thats irritating.

  • Shegs

    I'm just curious if any of these scientists have heard of the term uncanny valley and how no matter how hard they try, they'll never cross it...

  • DoubleP90

    Looks like a transexual

  • it really does though..

  • And there it is! The first transphobic comment! We have a winner, everyone!

  • JJtoob

    And there it is, the first winner comment, we have a transexual, everyone! Why do transexuals hate winners so much?

  • RobG

    Barrett is probably a trannie that's why he got offended.

  • Better to be a chick with a dick than just a prick.

  • RobG

    Ew! I don't think most feel the same as you. Ha ha I'd rather be the prick.

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