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posted by cmn32480 on Saturday April 02 2016, @02:19PM   Printer-friendly
from the creepier-than-big-spiders dept.

A humanoid obsessive has built an incredibly realistic female robot from scratch - and it's got more than a passing resemblance to Avengers star Scarlett Johansson.

Ricky Ma, a 42-year-old product and graphic designer, has spent more than $50,000 (£34,000) and a year and a half creating the female robot prototype, Mark 1.

The designer confirmed the scarily lifelike humanoid had been modelled on a Hollywood star, but wanted to keep her name under wraps.

It responds to a set of programmed verbal commands spoken into a microphone and has moving facial expressions, but Ricky says creating it wasn't easy.

He said he was not aware of anyone else in Hong Kong building humanoid robots as a hobby and that few in the city understood his ambition.


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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by linkdude64 on Saturday April 02 2016, @03:55PM

    by linkdude64 (5482) on Saturday April 02 2016, @03:55PM (#326114)

    He designed an extremely lifelike robot/android/whatever for a fraction of the budget, with a fraction of the manpower, of many of the other similar androids we've seen as of late. That's impressive.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 02 2016, @04:28PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 02 2016, @04:28PM (#326131)

      She's kind of hot, too. I wonder how extensive his product testing has been ;-)

      • (Score: 2) by Bot on Saturday April 02 2016, @06:50PM

        by Bot (3902) on Saturday April 02 2016, @06:50PM (#326193) Journal

        > She's kind of hot, too.

        HANDS OFF, MEATBAG. Stick to your race.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 02 2016, @08:57PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 02 2016, @08:57PM (#326234)

          Bender? Where's the Olde Fortran? The fridge is empty again.

    • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Saturday April 02 2016, @04:41PM

      by Phoenix666 (552) on Saturday April 02 2016, @04:41PM (#326142) Journal

      I think if he hangs up a shingle to create your own customized bot to look like whomever you wish, he'll get enough orders to last him the rest of his life.

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    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by ticho on Saturday April 02 2016, @04:46PM

      by ticho (89) on Saturday April 02 2016, @04:46PM (#326145) Homepage Journal

      Lifelike? Are you kidding? That thing is so deep in uncanny valley it's not even funny. Its face looks like a broken photograph of someone who vaguely looks like that actress.

      • (Score: 2) by CortoMaltese on Saturday April 02 2016, @05:30PM

        by CortoMaltese (5244) on Saturday April 02 2016, @05:30PM (#326159) Journal

        While I agree with the fact that it doesn't look anything like Scarlett Johansson, I don't agree it look uncanny-vallish, of course it lacks the minutiae of facial expression (being made by one man and all) but I think the face is very well sculpted and actually...beautiful.

    • (Score: 2) by frojack on Saturday April 02 2016, @07:23PM

      by frojack (1554) on Saturday April 02 2016, @07:23PM (#326204) Journal

      Impressive?
      He just concentrated on the facial movements. The rest is pretty much junk.

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      • (Score: 2) by linkdude64 on Saturday April 02 2016, @10:56PM

        by linkdude64 (5482) on Saturday April 02 2016, @10:56PM (#326274)

        For a single man with $50,000 it's absolutely impressive. This is equal or greater than a dedicated company could do with millions and a team of experts just a few years ago. I'm sure you've seen the "receptionist" robots that do nothing but sit there and talk - this guy has demonstrated a geometric reduction in cost of development and expertise needed to create those. In other words, it's disruptive.

  • (Score: 2) by opinionated_science on Saturday April 02 2016, @05:21PM

    by opinionated_science (4031) on Saturday April 02 2016, @05:21PM (#326156)

    Seriously, that was my first thought....

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 02 2016, @06:52PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 02 2016, @06:52PM (#326196)

      The best defense against vampires is the Buffinator B-1000

  • (Score: 5, Funny) by Azuma Hazuki on Saturday April 02 2016, @05:53PM

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Saturday April 02 2016, @05:53PM (#326167) Journal

    Whatever you do, do NOT put the off switch in her robot vagina. And for the love of crap DON'T make a prototype big sister for her and hide it away. That didn't end well for anyone. And if you ignore all this, *dismantle her when disposing of her.* Leave something--someONE--like that in the trash and she'll come back to haunt you.

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    • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 02 2016, @09:29PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 02 2016, @09:29PM (#326250)

      He put a Chinese finger trap in there.

  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Nuke on Saturday April 02 2016, @06:52PM

    by Nuke (3162) on Saturday April 02 2016, @06:52PM (#326195)

    He said he was not aware of anyone else in Hong Kong building humanoid robots as a hobby

    I must admit I am also not aware of anyone else in Hong Kong building humanoid robots; I must get out more.

    few in the city understood his ambition

    Did he do a poll of them? Perhaps that was his polite way of saying they misunderstood his ambition, which is not suprising (has he told us everything about it?) Anyway, don't lose sleep over it mate - I gave up on people understanding my ambitions a long time ago.

    • (Score: 2) by frojack on Saturday April 02 2016, @07:27PM

      by frojack (1554) on Saturday April 02 2016, @07:27PM (#326206) Journal

      Even his wife didn't understand.... Oh wait, he didn't have a wife.

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      • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 02 2016, @09:30PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 02 2016, @09:30PM (#326252)

        He does now ... and she even understands sudo make me a sandwich