Albert Einstein HUBO debuted in November 2005 at the APEC Summit in Seoul, Korea. The culmination of a collaboration between Hanson Robotics and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, the robot is the world’s first android head mounted on a life-size walking robotic frame. In 2009, Dr. Hanson gave a TED Talk in Long Beach, California, where he demonstrated Einstein HUBO’s ability to understand and mimic facial expressions. In the years in between, Einstein HUBO appeared at numerous conferences, winning widespread acclaim (and more than a little consternation) among those who saw him.
He currently spends his time with scientists at UC San Diego’s California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, where he helps them understand how robots and humans alike perceive emotions and interpret facial cues. Their thinking is, if Einstein HUBO can develop emotional intelligence, it will help researchers pave the way for robots to participate and help improve education, healthcare, fine arts, and customer service.