Man builds Mark I: A $50,000 life-size Scarlett Johansson robot
In 2015, robotics have really surprised the world after some companies/inventors came up their complex machines that showed ability to respond in equally complex forms, including detailed facial expressions and body language. However, this Hong Kong man called Ricky Ma, a 42-years-old graphic designer, has stunned the world with his homemade humanoid robot that looks like Scarlett Johansson. He spent $50,000 (£35,000) and one-and-half year in his balcony, working on his robot which he has named ‘Mark 1.’
This 3D printed Scarlett bot takes voice commands from iOS devices, and have facial motors that enable her eyebrows and muscles around her eyes to move. She can express sense of surprise and can even wink while replying with a smile. However, her movements are little sluggish, but building a Hollywood humanoid which is so close to the real one from scratch by a man who does not have any professional training of robotics or programming is a commendable job.
Ma used silicone as artificial skin to hide metal mechanics of the bot .
Ma talks about reaction of people when he had started his dream project. Talking to Reuters, Ma said, I figured I should just do it when the timing is right and realise my dream. If I realise my dream, I will have no regrets in life. During this process, a lot of people would say things like, ‘Are you stupid? This takes a lot of money. Do you even know how to do it? It’s really hard. When you look at everything together, it was really difficult.
Well, that’s really impressive to see passion with which he worked to materialize his childhood dream into reality. Obviously, most of you must be eager to know whether this cute-faced bot is capable of doing sensual and intimate interaction. Ma did not give any details on the same, so you are free to imagine whatever you wish.
Via: IB Times