Japan's (Freakily) Realistic Singing Humanoid Robot

The Latest "Diva Bot" Bears a Striking Resemblance to a Singing Human

Rate this one freaky but nonetheless intriguing. During the just-concluded CEATC tech exposition, show goers got a look at a singing robot that mimicks a human singer with startling accuracy.

The HRP-4, or "Diva Bot" physorg.com
Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, the country's biggest public research organization with around 3,200 employees, has shown off a variety of robots at previous CEATC shows. But the body and facial movements of this latest incarnation, called the HRP-4, or the "diva-bot," are a notch higher than earlier versions.

Although still a bit on the stiff side, she can belt out a song list with gusto. (The voice synthesizing technology was supplied by Yamaha.) If you couldn't make it to Chiba for the show, take a look at the video clip below:

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