Biohybrid robots seem like the new thing in robotics. Cybernetic organisms, living tissues over metal endoskeletons, you could say. Or, in this case, 3D-printed materials.
Here we have the tragic tale of a family. A family who, with the best of intentions, purchased a robot meant to provide entertainment and companionship. But in the end, they would find only mild convenience and a high-pitched robotic voice that would ultimately tear their family apart.
NOAA tells me mermaids aren’t real, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make them real. Last month, Stanford University revealed the creation of OceanOne, a remote-controlled robot — a “robo-mermaid,” if you will — designed to act as a robotic avatar for underwater exploration.
Hanson Robotics, spearheaded by one Dr. David Hanson, are behind some of the most fascinating (and creepy) human-like robots in existence. Now, Hanson has mixed one part Audrey Hepburn with one part his own wife to create a new robot that seems rather excited about destroying humanity: Sophia.
Meet Nadine, a social robot designed by Professor Nadia Thalmann of Nanyang Technological University.