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Dental robot flinches just like a real patient

from New Scientist

She blinks and flinches just like a real patient at the mercy of the dentist's drill. And roboticists at Japan's Showa University say they have perfected their lifelike dental training robot to such an degree they now feel she is ready to be let loose on her first dental students. Revealed recently at a press conference in Japan, "Showa Hanako 2" is a medical automaton capable of sneezing, head shaking, coughing, mimicking gagging, and even will close her mouth like a real patient when feeling that telltale jaw ache associated with the dentist reaching inside your mouth. With voice recognition technology, the trainee dentist can even carry out a rudimentary conversation with the robot. more

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