Kobian is a humanoid that loves to make faces. It's designed to study human-robot interaction and it uses its body and face to display different emotions, including happiness, anger, fear, and surprise.
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Kobian uses a double-jointed neck to achieve more expressive postures.
The Takanishi Laboratory at Waseda University has been developing robot heads since 1995. Over the years, the lab has unveiled several models of its WE series of expressive heads. The researchers have also focused on biped humanoid locomotion, and in 1996 they started developing the Wabian humanoid series. In 2007, they combined their most advanced WE head with their most advanced Wabian legs. The result was Kobian. In 2010, the researchers upgraded Kobian's motor controllers with smaller modules and equipped the head with several additional degrees of freedom. In 2014, the Waseda researchers explored the idea of Kobian as a robot comedian, programming it to perform a variety of funny skits and monitoring the audience's response.