Furhat Robotics launches humanoid social robot with customisable face

  • TECH
  • Thursday, 08 Nov 2018

Furhat Robotics launches AI-powered social robot with a customisable face, voice, and personality. — AFP Relaxnews

On Nov 6 Furhat Robotics announced the launch of its shockingly human, AI-powered social robot capable of natural conversations and realistic facial expressions.

Stockholm-based startup Furhat Robotics has launched a humanoid social robot that is allegedly powered by the "world's most advanced social platform". In terms of exterior design, Furhat basically looks like a smart speaker with a realistic-looking head and neck stacked on top. A face of your choice is then projected onto the head which is designed to react to you as most humans typically would.

After giving this AI whichever face you like, it is designed to be able to carry on a conversation with realistic and incredibly human facial expressions. To start with, Furhat is equipped with pre-designed expressions but more can be learned by the robot to fully wear the hat of any character, inside and out.

This bot is market-ready and can be customised and adapted to any environment. Users can change the face into any person they choose (or animal, or avatar, you name it), adjust the voice – into any of over 30 languages – and even modify the facial expressions. You can develop Furhat's personality however you please. Give it emotions, quirks, even your own voice if you want.

Furhat Robotics showed this social robot off at WebSummit this week in Lisbon, but you may be seeing it soon in business or organisational settings, as the company said that it is capable of working with customers. In fact, Furhat Robotics claims that the robot can be trained to fill the gap in situations where interaction is needed, so keep your eyes peeled; your next trip to the post office may be managed by this conversational, intelligent head.

Start your ads-free experience now!

Monthly Plan


Annual Plan


Billed as RM148.00/year

1 month

Free Trial

For new subscribers only

Cancel anytime. No ads. Auto-renewal. Unlimited access to the web and app. Personalised features. Members rewards.
Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

Next In Tech News

Record labels sue two startups for training AI models on their songs
Intern at US asset management firm says she was rated on a ‘microscopic’ level by a dot system
Opinion: The chef is human. The reviewer isn’t.
Expect to see more cost-effective ’cobots’ working alongside humans, says Bank of America
Apple spurned idea of iPhone AI partnership with Meta months ago
One-in-four millennial workers would quit their jobs over a single out-of-hours demand from their boss, new study finds
'Great Resignation' enters third year as workers embrace AI, upskilling, PwC says
Bitcoin drops 7.8% to below $60,000
Apple, Meta not in talks currently for AI partnership, Bloomberg News reports
AT&T wants Big Tech firms to pay into telecom and broadband subsidy fund

Others Also Read