New anthropomorphic talking robot having sensory feedback mechanism and vocal cords based on human biomechanical structure

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

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Abstract

We developed an anthropomorphic talking robot WT5 (Waseda Talker No. 5) having a sensor feedback mechanism and novel vocal cords based on human biological structures. The sensory feedback Is more Important when we producing obstacle consonant sounds, compared to the auditory feedback mechanism. We reproduce this mechanism by placing tactile sensors and a pressure sensor on the palate of a talking robot and reducing the error between the pressure of the human voice and the robot consonant production. The vocal cord model was constructed with a similar structure to the biological structure of the human vocal cords and vibrated like those of a human. In addition, using these mechanisms, WT-5 could produce voices closer to those of a human. And also realized continuous mimic speaking that Includes consonant sounds.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the First IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, 2006, BioRob 2006
Pages1095-1100
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 22
Event1st IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, 2006, BioRob 2006 - Pisa, Italy
Duration: 2006 Feb 202006 Feb 22

Publication series

NameProceedings of the First IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, 2006, BioRob 2006
Volume2006

Conference

Conference1st IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, 2006, BioRob 2006
CountryItaly
CityPisa
Period06/2/2006/2/22

Keywords

  • Humanoid robot
  • Sensory feedback
  • Speech production

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Fukui, K., Nishikawa, K., Ikeo, S., Shintaku, E., Takada, K., Takanishi, A., & Honda, M. (2006). New anthropomorphic talking robot having sensory feedback mechanism and vocal cords based on human biomechanical structure. In Proceedings of the First IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, 2006, BioRob 2006 (pp. 1095-1100). [1639238] (Proceedings of the First IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, 2006, BioRob 2006; Vol. 2006). https://doi.org/10.1109/BIOROB.2006.1639238