Medical Simulators, “Pain Girl” & More

After a few moments of wild disorientation (unless you speak Japanese) you will have eventually realized the “woman” in the dental chair is a robot used for teaching dental students. Along with a few speech functions, and realistic oral musculature, her teeth are embedded with sensors or virtual nerves that trigger a yowl of pain if the student fumbles with the drill. That response earned her the pop media nickname “Pain Girl,” back in 2007 when she was introduced, but her inventors preferred the rather unpleasant-sounding coinage “simroid,” a contraction of “simulator” and “humanoid.”

And not that you asked, but this is what she’d look like if you skinned her.


Of course that was four years ago, and we suspect Pain Girl has finished with her dental treatment and moved on to a more lucrative career in adult entertainment. Meanwhile simulation robotics marches on, and the formerly shocking robotic mouth introduced  in 2010,  is now only of interest when incorporated into bizarre novelty videos, such as this frightening example, which uses the mouth’s caterwauling to “narrate” video of this birthing simulator.

(Thanks to our friend Stephen Worth of the Animation Archive for tipping us off on the mouth/birthing simulator remix).

2 thoughts on “Medical Simulators, “Pain Girl” & More”

  1. I’m glad that modern technology has allowed doctors to practice their peculiar brand of torture on robots instead of people.

  2. I think in addition to “suction devices” and forceps, they should have options for “grapefruit spoon” and “pneumatic drill”

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