What you see here is a home-made robot, designed from scratch, by an individual from Hong Kong over the last year and a half, something quite similar to Hiroshi Ishiguro’s Erica. Graphic designer Ricky Ma, 42, constructed this huge-sized robot from scratch on the balcony of his home. A female prototype he calls the “Mark 1”, which cost him about $50,000 to build.
The Mark 1 is modeled after a Hollywood star whose name he didn’t say (but looking at that piece of art, you should know who it looks like #wink), It responds to a set of verbal commands spoken into a microphone, can form detailed facial expressions and features limited movement abilities. When you compliment the “Mark 1 saying “you are so beautiful”, its facial movement creates a natural-seeming smile, as it says, “Hehe, thank you.”
“When I was a child, I liked robots. Why? Because I liked watching animation. All children loved it. There were Transformers, cartoons about robots fighting each other and games about robots. After I grew up, I wanted to make one” – Said Ricky Ma. “I figured I should just do it when the timing is right and realize my dream. If I realize my dream, I will have no regrets in life.”
According to Ma, the Mark 1 is built from a 3D-printed skeleton, with a pliable silicone skin used to cover all the electronics and mechanical parts. About 70 % of the Mark 1’s body was created using 3D printing technology. Building the robot sure did take time, coupled with discouraging comments also from several individuals, but Ma continued to the finish.
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.
Even though he encountered several obstacles ranging from frequent burnt-out electric motors and several others, this is quite an impressive piece of work, especially considering the fact that he has no robot training whatsoever. Ricky Ma’s goal is to build better robots, probably an investor may be interested, giving him the capital to build more and encourage other enthusiasts.
Real enough to make you think it’s human? If yes, then who?
A humanoid robot is a robot that is based on the general structure of a human, such as a robot that walks on two legs and has an upper torso, or a robot that has two arms, two legs and a head. A humanoid robot does not necessarily look convincingly like a real person. While there are many humanoid robots in fictional stories, some real humanoid robots have been developed since the 1990s, and some real human-looking android robots have been developed since 2002.