Developed by Hanson Robotics, Jules is their latest humanoid creation, which made its official debut at NextFest 2006.
"Jules is something of a complete package with a combination of interesting features. By integrating natural language processing with ASR, TTS, computer vision, artistry, and narrative, you can have a natural, interactive conversation with Jules.
The software allowing Jules such advanced capacity for interaction was developed in collaboration with Personality Forge, Benji Adams, and Heather McKeen. Jules combines the work of writers who author the robots dialogue using chat-bot tools, with natural-language AI (such as LSA statistical search techniques) and word.net to simulate an human conversational intelligence.
Jules also uses computer vision, including face tracking and face recognition, to simulate complete verbal and nonverbal interaction, such as maintaining eye contact and turning to follow fellow conversationalists. Jules now resides at the University of West England in Bristol."