Mechanical vocal cord model for anthropomorphic talking robot based on human biomechanical structure

Kotaro Fukui, Eiji Shintaku, Masaaki Honda, Atsuo Takanishi

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Abstract

WT 5 (Waseda Talker No. 5), a new anthropomorphic talking robot have been developed with novel vocal cords based on human biomechanical structure. The mechanical vocal cord model has vocal folds with hollow to reproduce layer structure of human vocal cords. The vocal cords are formed by using the thermoplastic rubber "Septon". available from Kuraray Co. Ltd., which has similar elasticity to human tissue. The vocal cords self? oscillate driven by an air flow exhausted from a mechanical lung in similar manner to a human. With new mechanisms, the robot produces natural sounding voices closer to those of a human.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2750-2756
Number of pages7
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, C Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part C
Volume73
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Oct
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Humanoid robot
  • Soft material
  • Speech production
  • Talking robot
  • Vocal cords

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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