Showa Hanako 2 is a dentistry robot that will revolutionize the way students practice dentistry. The life like robotic patient sits in the regular dentist’s chair and gives the users almost the same stress that they would get while working on a human patient.
Showa Hanako 2 can sneeze, blink, roll its eyes, open and close its mouth, cough, and even gag if you stick your fingers too far back into its throat. It is even known to say “ouch that hurts!” The face of this pretty robot girl can give students of dentistry a good feel of what to expect with a real human patient.
The robot was the joint invention of researchers at the Universities of Showa, Waseda and Kogakuin. This is the second dental training robot to be made by the group. The first one was more like a plastic doll.
Showa Hanako 2 was produced by Tmsuk, a Japanese robotics company, and the realistic mouth lining came from a company that also manufactures sex dolls, Orient Industry. The robot will be sold to Japanese dental groups later this year by Yoshida Dental Manufacturing. The price for the dentistry robot is not yet known.