Development of a new vocal cords based on human biological structures for talking robot

Kotaro Fukui*, Kazufumi Nishikawa, Shunsuke Ikeo, Eiji Shintaku, Kentaro Takada, Hideaki Takanobu, Masaaki Honda, Atsuo Takanishi

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Abstract

We developed a new talking robot, WT-5 (Waseda Talker No. 5), having novel vocal cords, based on human biological structures. The vocal cords were made from the thermoplastic rubber "Septon", available from Kuraray Co. Ltd. Septon has a similar elasticity to human tissue. The vocal cord model to have a structure similar to the biological structure of the human vocal cords was made. The vocal cords were vibrated like those of a human. This made clean the robot's vowels. With these new mechanisms, the robot could reproduce the human speech in a more biological view and could produce voices nearer to those of a human.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKnowledge-Based Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems - 9th International Conference, KES 2005, Proceedings
Pages908-914
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 1
Event9th International Conference on Knowledge-Based Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems, KES 2005 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 2005 Sep 142005 Sep 16

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume3683 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference9th International Conference on Knowledge-Based Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems, KES 2005
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period05/9/1405/9/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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