Scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) have done remarkable job by creating a social robot named Nadine, which looks almost similar to a human being. Behind the welcome desk at the Singapore University, you will meet Nadine, who is working as a receptionist at the NTU Singapore and is much different to other conventional robots. She has her own personality, mood and emotions. When you reach receptionist desk at the University, Nadine will welcome you with a friendly hello, shake hands with you and greets you with a smiling face. She is having soft skin, flowing brunette hair and remembers what you talked about last time she saw you.
Prof Nadia Thalmann, creator of Nadine and director of the Institute for Media Innovation at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, has powered Nadine with intelligent software similar to Apple's Siri or Microsoft's Cortana. This new wave of social robots could ultimately be commercialized for use as personalized assistants in the workplace, and even as companions for children and the elderly. 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. 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.
Scientists believe that robots like Nadine can be more friendly used in offices and homes in future by making technological improvements in silicon chips, sensors and computation. Prof. Thalmann said 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.
In a statement provided to EurekAlert,l by Assoc Prof Gerald Seet from the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and the BeingThere Centre at NTU, this made-in-Singapore robot represents three years of research and development.
"EDGAR is a real demonstration of how telepresence and social robots can be used for business and education," added Prof Seet. "Telepresence provides an additional dimension to mobility. The user may project his or her physical presence at one or more locations simultaneously, meaning that geography is no longer an obstacle.
ABC News report said, Scientists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have unveiled "Nadine," a socially intelligent, human-looking robot complete with "her own personality, mood and emotions," according to a university news release.
The humanoid "receptionist" was presented at a new media showcase Tuesday at NTU, where her human creator, professor Nadia Thalmann, predicted that "physical social robots such as Nadine are poised to become more visible in offices and homes in future."
In a statement provided to WestFieldTimes, Meet Nadine, the terrifyingly lifelike ‘social robot’ that looks and acts like its owner and could one day work in your office. Behind the welcome desk at a Singapore university, a receptionist called Nadine is causing a stir.
She has mousy, shoulder-length hair neatly parted to the side, remembers what you talked about last time she saw you and returns your greeting with a friendly hello. But there’s something unusual about Nadine – she’s the latest in a line of so-called ‘social robots’ that have personalities and emotions of their own.