Named of Geminoid DK, this robot has a shape very similar to a man, so this robot was suspected as a hoax. However, as quoted from IEEE Spectrum, Monday (07/03/2011), Geminoid DK is a real robot.
Created by Kokoro and Hiroshi Ishiguro, famous robot researchers from Japan, Geminoid DK designed to resemble Professor Henrik Scharfe from Aalborg University, Denmark.
Scharfe said the robot was made for approximately one year. He will soon leave for Japan to conduct experiments with robots that look like him.
“After that, this robot will be taken to Denmark and occupy a specially designed laboratory,” he explained.
Research to be conducted by Scharfe, similar to what has been done by Ishiguro on the robot which looked like him that is Geminoid HI-1. The focus is on ’emotional level’ of human interaction with robots and also cultural differences in viewing the robot.
Geminoid DK is the first robot based on non-Japanese model, in this case is a foreign man. Because Scharfe has a beard, it also became the first robot that has a beard.
Like other Geminoid android robot, the movements and expressions of the robot are controlled remotely through motion-capture system. That is, every facial expressions and movements of the head of operator will be followed by the android.