You can thank IEE Spectrum and a bunch of roboticists from Osaka University for this excursion into the Uncanny Valley. Meet Affetto, a robot child designed for research into social development psychology. The fully-skinned version is moderately disturbing:
But the skinless facial motion test? Aaaaaaaarrrrgh!
And now I’ve been reminded of it (and we’re all in that creeped-out-by-supposedly-cuddly-technology frame of mind), bring some nineties-retro toy-based trauma to your Tuesday with the naked Furby orchestra:
Bonus material: mechanical “FurbyGurdy” sequencer/synth with MIDI control.
Enjoy your nightmares!