Japanese scientists create robotic toddler

Filed under: Babies, Toddlers Preschoolers, Development/Milestones: Babies, Media

In order to learn more about child development, scientists at Osaka University in Japan have created a robot that moves and acts like a toddler.

It talks with an artificial vocal cord, can change facial expressions and crawl around the floor. Like a real toddler, when it walks, it wobbles a bit.

Says Minoru Asada, a professor at Osaka University, "Our goal is to study human recognition development such as how the child learns a language, recognizes objects and learns to communicate with his father and mother."

The Child-Robot with Biomimetic Body, or CB2, isn't exactly like a real toddler. It doesn't throw temper tantrums and at 4 feet, 3 inches tall, is bigger than my six year old. And slightly creepy-looking, don't you think?

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