Scary looking, sure, but this robot girl will help people


While this little robot girl looks quite creepy—quite creepy—she actual has a noble purpose.

She’s the handiwork of a group of Japanese engineers, and the big “wow” factor here is that the skin is made from flexible silicon. Combine that with her more than 50 motors and sensors and you have one reasonably realistic looking robot.

Now, as to why I called it noble, it’s designed to help Japan’s rapidly aging population cope with the autumn of life. One quick look at UN stats show just how old Japan is becoming.