Wu Yulu’s ‘talking and walking robot’

Wu Yulu is apparently some chinese guy who has built robots on his own. This fella, named La Yang Che (a translation anyone?) can actually walk and sort of talk. The visionary design of Yulu manages to capture a hitherto disregarded aspect of human face-to-face interaction: The flapping of the ears!

While the lip synchronization only distracts from the message, it is clear to see that the flapping of the ears, rhythmically accompanying the spoken words, beats out the tempo and thereby diminishes the cognitive effort needed for speech perception. At the same time, the rolling or darting of the eyes seems to serve merely to enhance the overall aesthetic experience.