A company in Russia has launched the production of human-like robots that can be made to order with any appearance. The robots imitate human expressions—they are able to move their eyes, eyebrows, mouths and “other muscles”—and they can answer questions, serving as a “companion,” the company claims.
Promobot, the company behind “Android Robo-C” claims its human-like bot, which has a specially-developed artificial skin, has over 600 facial expressions. Hopefully, the ‘yimu’ expression can be added too.
“Everyone will now be able to order a robot with any appearance—for professional or personal use,” Aleksei Iuzhakov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Promobot, said in a statement. “Imagine a replica of Michael Jordan selling basketball uniforms and William Shakespeare reading his own texts in a museum?
“We can build a linguistic model based on popular phrases of a particular person—the robot will communicate and answer questions by analyzing frequent expressions of the ‘original’ and using a certain context of knowledge of this person.”
The company claims it has already had several private orders and it is currently in talks with other businesses looking to use robots for customer services.
Oleg Kivokurtsev, Promobot co-founder, told Russian state news agency Tass that they are planning to create 10 of these robots per month “with any appearance, for home and professional use,” he said.
Thinking of getting a replica of yourself? Be ready to fork out $20,000 to $50,000 depending on the various modification you want to add.