Robots that can provide humans with a telepresence at conferences, weddings, or other places or events they can’t physically attend are nothing new, but scientists are developing new variations of that idea, including the SociBot, which can display any face — and not on a Skype-like computer screen.
Socibot uses projective technology to wear any face — even the user’s own. Socibot also displays emotions via its expressions, so if you make it angry, you’ll know from its face. It’s got a plastic head with controllable features, a neck that can move like a human’s, voice recognition, facial tracking software, and the ability to understand and translate speech into over 20 languages. The goal was to create “social hardware,” as distinct from social software and the internet.