According to her creator, Hiroshi Ishiguro (left), who also refers to himself as Erica's 'father', this robot can be warm and caring, and may soon have an 'independent consciousness'
Speaking at the time, Dr Ishiguro said he hoped they would be useful for research on how people interact with robots.
'Making androids is about exploring what it means to be human,' he told reporters, 'examining the question of what is emotion, what is awareness, what is thinking.'
In a demonstration, the remote-controlled machines moved their lips in time to a voice-over, twitched their eyebrows, blinked and swayed their heads from side-to-side.
Powered by compressed air and servomotors, they were seated but could move their hands.