Geminoid-F Fashion Robot Display Close-up (Video)
After posting about the Geminoid-F female robot installation in Tokyo, I just had to check it out in person. Friday afternoon, during a break between meetings, I spent about an hour watching shoppers try to interact with the attractive android, and managed to get a peek behind the scenes.
The display is on the second floor of the Takashimaya department store close to the new south entrance of JR Shinjuku station.
The glass case surrounding the android is necessary to keep onlookers from touching or interfering with the robot, but it does tend to create a sense of distance and separation.
The basic theme keys off of the Valentine's Day holiday. She may be "waiting for you", and she does respond with some body language when people try to engage her, but there is no sound or movement other than her head and facial features, so most shoppers only stayed around for a minute or two.
During the time I watched the crowd, most of the women seemed curious and made comments about it being a little scary or frightening. Most of the men, in contrast, seemed fascinated while taking lots of photos and videos.
The display case footprint is roughly 3 meters long by 2 meters deep with the back half of the structure devoted to space for the operator, computers, and other supporting equipment. The operator enters via a curtain in the case wall shown near the bottom of the photo.