Skip to main content

Dreamer Robot Tries to Out-Cute Wall-E

Ever since the first robot lurched into existence in some mad-science lab so many decades ago, humans have viewed them with apprehension and distrust. It's understandable, given that they've already taken factory jobs away from blue-collar America.

Since this natural suspicion throws a spanner into robotkind's plans to eventually dominate all organics, they have been trying to figure out a way to lull us into a false sense of security. The Japanese models attempt this, rather poorly I might add, by making robots look as human as possible.

Enter the Dreamer. Unlike its Japanese counterparts, it's not going for total realism. Instead, it focuses on just two aspects: the eyes and ears. Its anime eyes blink, squint and wander just like human eyes. The glowing puppy ears bring the one-two cuteness punch home, reducing any human into a gibbering, babytalking mess.

Dreamer will soon be blinking away humanity's last vestiges of suspicion as part of the complete robo-package called Meka. So just remember, when we're all trapped in a virtual world while serving as human batteries, it was the cuteness that did us in.

[source: Human Centered Robotics Lab via Popular Science]