M3-Kindy and Noby: Japan gets two scary kid robots (video)

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Remember M3-neony and M3-synchy, two humanoid robots from Japan we’ve shown you back in March? Well, it seems Japan still doesn’t have enough of creepy kid-like robots, as the so-called JST Erato Asada Project in Osaka today unveiled [JP] another two: M3-Kindy and Noby.

Similar to neony and synchy, the purpose of the new robots is to help scientists explore human cognitive development processes in children and infants through human-robot interaction and communication.

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Weighing 27kg, M3-Kindy (“Kind” as in “Kindergarten”) is supposed to look like a 5-year old child (he’s pictured above). The robot boasts 109 touch sensors, 42 joints, two cameras (one for each eye), and two microphones (one for each ear).

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Noby (“Noby” as in “New-born Baby), on the other hand, is an infant-like robot who even looks creepier than M3-Kindy (see pictures above and below). He weighs 7.9kg and stands 71cm tall. Noby even has 600 touch sensors in his body, next to two microphones and two cameras.

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Noby is supposed to help scientists understand how a 9-month old baby develops over time.

NODE [JP] has shot many scary videos of the robots, one of which I embedded below:

Via Plastic Pals

 M3 Kindy and Noby: Japan gets two scary kid robots (video)

 M3 Kindy and Noby: Japan gets two scary kid robots (video)

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