Reintroducing Sophia's "elder sister!"

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7 December, 2017 19:01 PM

Reintroducing Sophia's

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Sophia, the humanoid female robot, who created waves across the world after Saudi Arabia granted her citizenship, is staying in Dhaka right now. 

The live electric girl gains much fame as she exhibits the highest quality expressions and interactivity and maintains eye contact, recognises faces and understands speech, holds conversations, and simulates a real person's personality.

She needs no introduction, but what do people know about Repliee Q1, a "sister" model of Sophia? 

A recent Facebook post by Japan's Osaka University PhD student Nadim Mahmud reintroduced Repliee Q1 robot. Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University created Repliee Q1, which is modeled after his daughter.

Ishiguro said one day robots could fool us into believing they are human. Nadim shared two photos and it's really difficult to differentiate the models from their lookalike robots.


The Actroid robots, a pioneering example of a real machine similar to imagined machines called by the science fiction terms android or gynoid.

Repliee Q1 is a type of android (humanoid robot) with strong visual human-likeness developed by Osaka University and manufactured by Kokoro Company Ltd. 

It was first unveiled at the 2003 International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. 

Several different versions of the product have been produced since then. In most cases, the robot's appearance has been modeled after an average young woman of Japanese descent.