Nadine is a human-like intelligent robot developed by NTU
The gap between robotic humanoids and real humans is closing down fast when we speak of intelligence and emotional quotient. Robots like Toshiba Android, beautiful looking Erica or the highly detailed Leonardo Da Vinci Android. Following suite, researchers at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore have developed a humanoid receptionist robot which looks strikingly human-like. Named as Nadine, the Android is doppelganger of Nadia Thalmann, a robotic professor at NTU’s School of Computer Engineering and creator of this robot.
Nadine is currently a receptionist at NTU and has a personality of her own as she greets people who want to indulge in a conversation. She has soft skin, smooth brunette hair and eyes that attract you into knowing more about her. This robot remembers the name of people who have had conversation with her previously and an AI engine allows her to reply to questions or even ask some on her own. This very AI software gives her a unique personality with changing moods and emotions. Nadine can be sad, happy or neutral depending on the kind of conversation you involve her in.
Developers at NTU say that the Android has an intelligence software similar to Apple Siri or Microsoft Cortana. This will give Nadine ample opportunities in industries where robotic staff is required, like a receptionist at a healthcare organization.
According to Prof. Thalmann:
As countries worldwide face challenges of an aging population, 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. This is somewhat like a real companion that is always with you and conscious of what is happening.
Alongside Nadine, NTU also showcased EDGAR telepresence robot which emulates the gestures of human users standing in front of a special webcam. The robot can engage in conversation with people and it can be operated from anywhere in the world.