Scientists in Japan have revealed a life-sized robot that is designed to sing and dance with performers. The Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology developed the entertainment software called Choreonoid, formed from choreograph and humanoid.
HRP-4 uses synthesised voice technology to replicate a human pop singer and has a realistic face that appears to sing.
Masataka Goto, from Japan’s Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, was quoted as saying: “This is a new technology, which synthesises a singing voice on the computer side, as if imitating a person’s singing voice.”
He added, the robot’s facial expressions use Vocawatcher technology – which analyses video of a singer to create natural movements.
The Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology has over 50 autonomous research units working in a number of fields including life science and biotechnology, information technology and electronics, nanotechnology, materials and manufacturing.Here's the video. I can't decide if I'm amused or bothered by this.