Video of ultra creepy animated dentist training robot

This frightening animated robot is for training dentists. I don't know about you, but I'd rather practice dentistry on a white cockroach.
Picture 12-11 Simroid’s body and control system was developed by Kokoro Company Ltd., creators of the Actroid receptionist robot. Like her Actroid sister, Simroid is equipped with a system of air-powered muscles and soft silicone skin. However, she has something the Actroid does not – sensitive teeth. Thanks to a mouth loaded with sensors, she knows when her dentist-in-training makes a mistake. And to express her pain, she grimaces, moves her hands and eyes, and says, “That hurts.”

Kokoro says that for an extra touch of realism, Simroid exhibits a gag reflex when instruments are inserted too far into her mouth.



  1. I would suggest a hyphen between dentist and training, unless of course the animated dentist is training the robot.

  2. #3: Actually, the first and third times the robot patient reacts to the dental tech, the tech asks, “Daijobu desu ka? (Are you okay?)” and the robot patient responds, “Hai. (Yes.)” The second time, I couldn’t understand the question, but the robot patient responds, “Chotto itai desu. (It hurts a little.)” and the dental tech apologizes (“Sumimasen.”).

  3. She might be creepy, but it beats beginners playing in real human mouths.
    I was dirt poor many years ago, and the only dental treatment I could afford was at the local dental school (admittedly one with high accreditation and reputation). It was … an experience. Sometimes you lucked out and got the born pro, sometimes you got the butcher. I had the butcher for a year, and I think pretty much every person he worked on would have been happy for him to have had a doll instead. Like the guy who had him for a demo and got the wrong tooth pulled. Definitely me, with horror stories too numerous to share.
    Funnily enough, my current (diplomaed, excellent) dentist was a classmate of his.

  4. I was going to make some crude joke but that video was amazing. I think thats a great idea and very well done.

  5. Though the overall facial movements were stiff and unconvincing, the eyes were eerily lifelike a couple of times – almost like a real person wearing a rubber Halloween mask. That’s probably due to the low quality of the video; I doubt the effect would be as convincing in real life.

    Though, how anyone could be around this doll with its gaping mouth for any length of time and not need to shower afterwards, I don’t know.

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