SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore-robot’s creator, Wong, Choon Yue raises his left hand and pulls it past the sensor in a “high-five” gesture.
On the other side of the room, a robot by the name of EDGAR, with an expressive face, and is made of polypropylene, with two hands and a body on top of a trolley with wheels, finding the time, smacking her hand into Wong’s wife and his colleague, Pang Wee Ching.
For the past six years, the couple has been in the development of EDGAR, short Expressions, Appearance, and Gestures to the Avatar Engine, which allow people in different locations to send the gestures and the facial expressions of each other.
They say that their project is the next step in the field of communication, adding voice and video to be delivered through applications such as Skype.
Maybe I’ll have a child who is living abroad, and she misses my cooking very much. What can I do with this kind of technology is that I can log in to the robot where it is, and I can use it in order to her favorite Chinese chicken with rice,” Wong said.
The autonomous robot, in: EDGAR-2, which is built-in to the humanoid form, and can answer any questions, and hold long conversations.
“I think it’s pretty cool,” said a student at the university of Edora Amount, after the conversation with the EDGAR-2 is a Malay folk song.
“I would never want to imagine that I’m talking to a robot, and we actually held a fairly long conversation.”
For the Pang and Wong, who met a decade ago on the runway with their creations were akin to the children for whom they feel affection, and a sense of pride.
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“We want to make progress, to grow your business. It seems that there is a life in it,” said one of them, completing each other’s sentences.
For example, the couple welcomed a baby boy named Gabriel the last month or so, and Bam, programmed by EDGAR 1 and EDGAR 2, laughed at the idea of their robot creations as inspiration for how she is raising a man, or vice-versa).
“Maybe, if I have to take care of the baby, and would like to learn more about how the human life works, it can be applied to the structure of the brain of the robot,” she said.
Reporting by Joseph Campbell and Travis Teo; Editing by Karishma Singh