What is the Cutieroid project that develops life-size “moving figures”?



The ' Cutieroid project ' from Waseda University aims to develop an Autonomous Humanoid Figure (AHF) through the fusion of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics technology, and animation culture. I went to see the first demonstration exhibition of the project, which was held at the venue of

Wonder Festival 2020 [Winter] .

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You can see what the life-size “moving figure” being developed by the Cutieroid project looks like in one shot by watching the following movie.

The first machine of the Cutieroid project to make a `` moving life-size figure''Hatsuki-YouTube


There was an area surrounded by people around the life-size figure, so if you look at what there is, the first unit of the `` Cutieroid project '' whose face became a display `` Hatsuki (AHF-HATSUKI Mk.I) 'was on display. The exhibition area is 6-02-02.



The expression is very rich because the face is a display. So far in Wonder Festival

a number of life-size figures of 've seen , but since the facial expression changes from moment to moment, I feel like there is a charm than any of them.




When I asked Mr.

Koma Yang (Pin-Chu Yang) who is the project representative why he adopted the display for the face part, he said, `` It is a big difference from a real humanoid that it can take an animation-like expression '' He gave me



He also said that adopting an anime-style face would work effectively for 'avoiding the eerie valley phenomenon .' However, he added that it is not in the demonstration stage yet.



In addition, since Hatsuki is equipped with AI, he moves his arm and shakes his own head. Hatsuki's movement was set to be modest because it was the first exhibition, but he said that he could actually take a bigger action.




Actuator at arm joint.




The head is equipped with a depth (depth) camera, which can detect the distance to the object in front of you.



A motor is also mounted on the decoration part of the head, so you can express your emotions by flicking like an ear. However, it was not possible to flutter during the demonstration due to malfunction.



Since the Cutieroid project is in the stage of academic research, a questionnaire survey was conducted at the venue for visitors who actually saw the heart. Since there was a column to fill in the appearance rating, it is highly possible that the appearance will change in the future according to the survey results.



When I answered the questionnaire, I got an original sticker.



As an impression of actually seeing Hatsuki, because the face part is a display, the richness of expression utilizing the animation-like character design is firmly expressed, and it is not found in other life-size figures and humanoids I felt my strength. It is clear that there is still a need to make further improvements regarding the `` first unit '' in the project, but it seems that in the future there will be more figures that move the whole body like a hatsuki and can express expressively The compatibility of AI x robotics technology x animation culture was good, and it was clear from the reaction of visitors around the booth.

The Cutieroid project, which started from Tetsuya Ogata 's laboratory at Waseda University, is represented by Yang, Kevin for general supervision and modeling, Zaki for video production and 3D art guidance, Kyuu for 3D design, control and electronics. The circuit is handled by Tito, the AI / system development by Fhrozen, and the mechanism technical adviser by Takuto Takahashi.

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