Say hello to Nadine – the looks like a human robot

NTU Singapore's Professor Nadia Thalmann (right) shaking hands with Nadine.
NTU Singapore’s Professor Nadia Thalmann (right) shaking hands with Nadine.

Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has developed a robot that looks like a human and could one day function like C-3PO from Star Wars.

Nanyang Technological University in Singapore looks to be on the forefront of the social robot revolution. Their robots aren’t much like conventional ones. They have personalities, moods and emotions; are capable of chatting, making eye contact and even remember names and previous conversations—things some humans can’t even do. Take Nadine, for instance. According to a press release issued by the university, “The doppelganger of its creator, Prof Nadia Thalmann, Nadine is powered by intelligent software similar to Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana. Nadine can be a personal assistant in offices and homes in [the] future. And she can be used as social companions for the young and the elderly.” Sporting soft skin and brown hair, Nadine even looks like a human being. Thalmann said, “This is somewhat like a real companion that is always with you and conscious of what is happening. So in [the] future, these socially intelligent robots could be like C-3PO, the iconic golden droid from Star Wars, with knowledge of language and etiquette.”

Nadine, who was built at a cost of $300,000, appears more human as she was built as a companion robot.