Posted by: Nar Williams | April 2, 2008

Japanese Dentists Train on Pain Girl Robot

No need to fear the dentist ever again — they’ve been getting extra practice on Mankind’s newest BFFs — robots!

Simroid is a silicone skinned, female patient robot, designed to help train dental students. She recently appeared on Fuji TV. Check out the video below.

In addition to highlighting Simroid’s ability to interact with dentists and react to mouth pain, the show features an interview with Dr. Naotake Shibui of the Nippon Dental University in Tokyo, who helped develop the robot with engineers from Kokoro Co., Ltd. According to the interview, Simroid is modeled after a 28-year-old woman, and her fear of dentists and sensitivity to pain have earned her the nickname “Pain Girl” (Ita-gaaru).

Via TVinJapan, via PinkTentacle


  1. Leave it to the Japanese to introduce a robot into this.

    I’m starting to wonder if Japanese people are more comfortable dealing with synthetic lifeforms than with fellow humans.

  2. Yeah, I’m pretty sure they are, eksmith.

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