View Full Version : The physical embodiment of the uncanny valley (robot video)

03-21-2008, 04:23 AM
Someone sent me a link to this video demonstrating a robot on YouTube:

I watched it, and I think one of the commenters put it best; this thing is the physical embodiment of the uncanny valley.

(ok, so technically it may not fall in the uncanny valley as it's not humanoid... but it's close enough to a bunch of domestic animals to have the same effect on me)

And for those of you wondering what the uncanny valley I keep referring to is, see here:

03-21-2008, 06:08 AM
that is just amazing. i didnt have a clue what you meant by uncanny valley, so anyway i watched the video first, then when the big dog was on the ice and started slipping on the ice i actually felt sorry for it, then i read the wiki and god thats scary. lol

Thanks or the post

03-21-2008, 11:15 AM
Despite whether or not uncanny valley is a sound theory, that thing is just scary! But I think it's the loud insect-like buzzing noise that makes it so. I think if they lead off the video with the wired, silent video and later showed the wireless loud one, it would be better received.

03-22-2008, 03:21 AM
I agree that the noise doesn't help any, but personally, I don't like the way it walks either. 's creepy. o.o