Developed by the country’s biggest public research organization, Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), the new variant of HRP-4, the female robot HRP-4C deemed “Divabot,” has a realistic face, movable features and even mimics human-sounding breaths. The robot utilizes two primary technologies, using a real singer as a model. Researchers recorded the model’s every move as she sung a Japanese song. They used VocalListener to synthesize the singing voice on the computer, and imitate the singing voice. For the facial expressions, they used a new technology, Vocawatcher, which studies a person singing to replicate the expressions naturally. They then mapped the data onto HRP-4C and voila–Diva-bot was brought to life.A member of the institute said they want to create a new content industry with the technology. Diva-bot’s intricate software creates complicated movements such as jumping, dancing and even balancing. Using a mouse, those with zero robotic expertise are meant to find Diva-bot easily operable, which may or may not be a good thing considering how complex the robot is.Comparable to the software commonly used in CG character animation, Diva-bot’s positioning can be controlled by clicking on the different parts and dragging them to the desired position, creating a sequence of key poses that the software generates, making the robot move. Explore further Citation: Dancing Divabot performs on stage (w/ Video) (2010, November 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-divabot-stage-video.html Introducing Japan’s new singing robot (w/ Video) (c) 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — A singing, dancing humanoid recently joined a live group of dancers to perform. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.