Development of a talking robot with vocal cords and lips having human-like biological structures

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

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Abstract

We have developed a new talking robot, WT-5 (Waseda Talker No. 5), having novel vocal cords and lips based on human biological structures. The vocal cords are made from the thermoplastic rubber "Septon", available from Kuraray Co. Ltd, which has a similar elasticity to human tissue. The vocal cord model was constructed with a similar structure to the biological structure of the human vocal cords. The vocal cords vibrated like those of a human. The new lips were able to attain a large deformation in a similar manner to human lips, without the leakage of air. This allowed clear pronunciation of vowels. With these new mechanisms, the robot could reproduce human speech in a more biological manner and could produce voices closer to those of a human.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2005 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS
Pages2526-2531
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventIEEE IRS/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2005 - Edmonton, AB
Duration: 2005 Aug 22005 Aug 6

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OtherIEEE IRS/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2005
CityEdmonton, AB
Period05/8/205/8/6

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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Fukui, K., Nishikawa, K., Ikeo, S., Shintaku, E., Takada, K., Takanobu, H., ... Takanishi, A. (2005). Development of a talking robot with vocal cords and lips having human-like biological structures. In 2005 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS (pp. 2526-2531). [1545356] https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2005.1545356

Development of a talking robot with vocal cords and lips having human-like biological structures. / Fukui, Kotaro; Nishikawa, Kazufumi; Ikeo, Shunsuke; Shintaku, Eiji; Takada, Kentaro; Takanobu, Hideaki; Honda, Masaaki; Takanishi, Atsuo.

2005 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS. 2005. p. 2526-2531 1545356.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Fukui, K, Nishikawa, K, Ikeo, S, Shintaku, E, Takada, K, Takanobu, H, Honda, M & Takanishi, A 2005, Development of a talking robot with vocal cords and lips having human-like biological structures. in 2005 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS., 1545356, pp. 2526-2531, IEEE IRS/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2005, Edmonton, AB, 05/8/2. https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2005.1545356
Fukui K, Nishikawa K, Ikeo S, Shintaku E, Takada K, Takanobu H et al. Development of a talking robot with vocal cords and lips having human-like biological structures. In 2005 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS. 2005. p. 2526-2531. 1545356 https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2005.1545356
Fukui, Kotaro ; Nishikawa, Kazufumi ; Ikeo, Shunsuke ; Shintaku, Eiji ; Takada, Kentaro ; Takanobu, Hideaki ; Honda, Masaaki ; Takanishi, Atsuo. / Development of a talking robot with vocal cords and lips having human-like biological structures. 2005 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS. 2005. pp. 2526-2531
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