People often look at humanoid robots and think “That’s creepy!” However, Asuna is so human-like that you might find yourself thinking “She’s cute!” instead. Researchers have determined that there is a human instinct to react with disgust when people see something, such as a doll or robot, that appears to be too human while still falling short of looking exactly like the real thing.
That said, researchers are now investigating the possibility thatextremely human-like robots such as Asuna have the ability to bypass this repulsion entirely and be viewed merely as other people instead.
According to her official profile, Asuna is a beautiful 15-year-old who was “born” in Tokyo. She is 155 cm tall (61 inches) and weighs 43 kg (95 lbs).
Our reporter felt an instant affinity to Asuna’s lifelike movements
Sure, you’ve probably seen pictures of humanlike robots before, but the true charm behindthis android lies in her movements. Meg comments that she was blown away by the sheer naturalness of Asuna’s mannerisms. From the way she blinks and squeezes her eyes shut to the shape her mouth makes as if she were about to yawn, Asuna is truly on a different level from other androids.
Take a look at Asuna’s incredibly lifelike facial movements in the following video: