Scientists at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have created a new social robot, which they dubbed as ‘Nadine’. Nadine is a receptionist at the NTU University Singapore and is almost like a human being. She is having soft skin, flowing brunette hair and own personality, mood and emotions. She is completely different from other conventional robots and performs actions much similar to those of human beings. When you will meet with her, she will shake hands with you and greet you back. When you will meet her the second time, she will remember your face and the conversation you had with her on the first meeting. Over the past few decades, robotics technologies have gained a lot of success and advancement.
Nadine can be happy or sad, depending on the conversation. She also has a good memory, and can recognize the people she has met, and remembers what the person had said before. Nadine is powered by intelligent software similar to Apple's Siri or Microsoft's Cortana. The surprising point is Nadine can be used as a personal assistant in offices and homes in future. And she can be used as social companions for the young and the elderly. It has been said that humanoid like Nadine is just one of the interfaces where the technology can be applied. It can also be made virtual and appear on a TV or computer screen, and become a low-cost virtual social companion.
Prof. Nadia Thalmann, creator and the director of the Institute for Media Innovation who led the development of Nadine, said social robots like Nadine are among NTU's many exciting new media innovations. Prof Thalmann added that their team at NTU has been fostering cross-disciplinary research in social robotics technologies from past four years. An expert in virtual humans and a faculty from NTU's School of Computer Engineering, said that social robots can be one solution to address the shrinking workforce, become personal companions for children and the elderly at home, and even serve as a platform for healthcare services in future.