World’s Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Unveiled In UK Lab. Ameca is a high-tech humanoid robot that was developed in a British laboratory and possesses frighteningly accurate motions and facial expressions.
Engineered Arts, situated in Cornwall, describes itself as “the UK’s leading designer and maker of humanoid entertainment robots,” and the machine was unveiled on YouTube to considerable excitement.
Many viewers were astounded by how lifelike and human-like the machine is.
‘I know we’re meant to be afraid of AI, but this is the first gynoid that hasn’t worried me,’ one user said.
It’s a lot of fun.’
‘It’s the eyes,’ added another. People underestimate the importance of eyes in making anything appear alive.
‘The rapid movement, the focus, the blinking, the attention they seem to pay to whatever is grabbing their attention.’
A third added: ‘I seriously thought this was CGI at first. Great work! The hands look really well done too.’
Some people compared Ameca to the NS-5 series from I, Robot, a 2004 science fiction film starring Will Smith that sees intelligent robots fill public service positions in a dystopian world.
World’s Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Unveiled In UK Lab was released in a short clip, the robot is seen warming up its shoulder, before opening its eyes and expressing a rather convincing look of shock or surprise.
It even blinks multiple times and observes its machine arm with curiosity.
The preview ends with Ameca reaching out its hand and admiring its combination of mechanical limbs and ligaments, actuators, and sensor arrays.
It is certainly realistic and at the forefront of its field in terms of its expressions, but the next challenge will be enabling these robots to walk around.
Engineered Arts said it was still a long way off that, but added that the face is housed on a ‘human-like artificial body (AI x AB)’ that boasts a ‘powerful Tritium robot operating system’.
It has not revealed how much the robot cost to make as it is still in development. Ameca follows the development of Sophia, which first emerged in 2016, and was a super-intelligent human-like head with a realistic face that was able to blink, look from side to side and talk.
The humanoid robot, created by Hong Kong firm Hanson robotics, is able to chat, smile mischievously and even tell jokes.
The robot made history in October 2017 when it became legal a citizen of Saudi Arabia.
Engineered Arts hopes Ameca will offer people a glimpse of the future because it ‘represents the forefront of human-robotics technology’.
‘Designed specifically as a platform for development into future robotics technologies, Ameca is the perfect humanoid robot platform for human-robot interaction,’ the company said on its website.
‘We focus on bringing you innovative technologies, which are reliable, modular, upgradable and easy to develop upon.’
Engineered Arts was formed in 2005 and its first robot was a mechanical ‘Thespian’ for the stage.
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