Tuesday, September 18, 2007
David Hanson, a robotics engineer has unveiled his creation that he has spent the last five yearson; Zeno, which also happens to be the name of Hanson's 18-month-old son. Pinnochio, inventor's son, marionette freaky freaky.......(Watch the video above to see how realistic this little devil looks)
A 6lb. 17" tall artificial person with an expressive face covered in something Hanson calls "frubber," Zeno was designed for edutainment purposes: conversation and emotional responses. Hanson proudly told the AP:
"It's a representation of robotics as a character animation medium, one that is intelligent. It sees you and recognizes your face. It learns your name and can build a relationship with you."
Zeno will be on display this week at Wired's NextFest conference in LA. Hanson's goal is to start selling Zenos on the open market for $200 to $300. [AP]
Images (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)