I know some of us never want robots to ever have emotions, but I suppose that no one has any qualms about creating a robot that could show emotions.
This is the desktop robot known as REETI, and I am not certain what it stands for, but it is a communication robot and a multi-media tool that could be used to convey a very particular type of message. You can watch the video after the jump if you want to get an idea of how this works.
The software for REETI allows the user to program emotions and the facial expressions, for the motions of the eyes, ears, and mouth. This can even be done from the iPhone or the iPad. It even has three touch sensors, which allows for the colors in the face to change.
I honestly think that this is pretty incredible, as I think we all know that the plain text from an email or text message can be of questionable as far as emotion is concerned. Have you ever read a message and thought someone was angry when they weren’t? I am assuming this is why emoticons were created.
However, when it comes to the face, there are thousands of combinations to show a great depth of emotions. The REETI is there to convey this. It is Ubuntu-powered, and has an Atom Dual Core 1.8Ghz processor, 500 GB HDD, two 720p cameras (one in each eye), three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, microphone, speaker, as well as HDMI interface, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet.