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May 02, 2016 11:59 AM EDT
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China's First Ultra Realistic Robot Revealed In Hefei
Jia Jia, the realistic robot can converse and its eyes and lips move naturally.
(Photo : VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

China has proven once again that they have the ability to excel in the field of robotics. They recently launched a robot called Jia Jia, which eerily resembles a real human being. But aside from the physical aspect, Jia Jia is capable of having a conversation with humans. The robot responds to questions and converses properly.

The University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefie just presented their new innovation, Jia Jia, according to a report by CCTV America. Jia Jia, who looks like a realistic robot, can speak both Mandarin and the English language.

CCTV America quoted Jia Jia during the press conference when she said, "Hello everyone, I'm Jia Jia. Welcome!" on April 15, 2016.

A new interactive robot named Jia Jia was unveiled Friday by the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui Province.

(Photo : VCG/VCG via Getty Images) HEFEI, CHINA - APRIL 15: (CHINA OUT) China's first ultra realistic robot 'Jia Jia' is revealed at the campus of the University of Science and Technology of China on April 15, 2016 in Hefei, Anhui Province of China. It took the team three years to research and develop this new-generation interactive robot, which can speak, show micro-expressions, move its lips, and move its body, according to team director Chen Xiaoping. Compared to previous interactive robots, Jia Jia's eyeballs roll naturally and her speech is in sync with lip movements, in addition to her human-like form, Chen said.

Because of Jia Jia's beautiful features, she was even dubbed as the "Robot Goddess" according to a report by Daily Mail. The report added that "The humanoid is programmed to recognize human/machine interaction, has autonomous position, navigation and offers services based on cloud technology."

When asked by the developer, the news reported that Jia Jia immediately replied, "Yes, my lord, what can I do for you?".

The team of developers took three years to build a realistic robot which can talk to its owner. Aside from its ability to talk, Jia Jia is also capable of showing minute facial expressions. The robot's lips can move as stated by Chen Xiaoping, the teams' Lead Director. According to Engadget, this is to make sure that the lips and eyeballs are moving in seemingly natural way.

The developers said that as compared to the older robots, Jia Jia's eyeballs can roll in sync with its speech, making the robot seem more realistic. Audiences from the launch were able to get Jia Jia to even look at the camera for a selfie.

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