The University of Science and Technology of China has introduced the latest realistic robot called Jia Jia. As you may be already familiar to chat with Siri or Cortana on the phone, this new interactive “robot goddess” from China can have a conversation with you while using facial expression. What else? She can even tell you when you come too close to her. “Don’t come too close to me when you are taking a picture. It will make my face look fat,” says Jia Jia.
Designed to be the most human-like robot, Jia Jia can turn around to observe the room and her lips can correspond to anything she says. In particular cases, Jia Jia possesses enough intelligence to process events happening around her, like when you take a picture of her.
Although Jia Jia can only mimic some simple expression and is still unable to handle complicated one as laugh or cry, the research team is enthusiastic about her future. Team leader Chen Xiaoping stated that they are already working on version 2 of Jia Jia to increase her learning ability and facial recognition capabilities, but there is no plan yet on mass-produces her.