This ghostly singing robot from Japan will creep you out

Share this: See you in your nightmares… If it’s that time of day again when you’re looking to get creeped out a little, official sources say Alter is your best bet. On display at the Japan National Science Museum, Alter is the latest in robotic programming, displaying a human-modeled ghostly white face, arms and hands and a rods-and- wires frame involving 42 pneumatic actuators and multiple sensors for detecting object proximity, noise, temperature and humidity. Most importantly, Alter is powered by an artificial neural network called a central pattern generator or CPG that takes in sensory readings and creates movement and sound responses, moving in a somewhat jerky but continuous motion and sending out sound patterns (okay, the thing is singing, get over it) in tandem with arm and finger…

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