Life- sized humanoid robot stars at world’s top tech fair
white robot that sings, dances, recites Shakespeare, mimics other famous robots and even tries to kiss passers-by drew huge crowds at the world’s biggest high-tech fair, in Hanover, Germany.
Visitors to the CeBIT fair last week flocked to see the ‘‘ RoboThespian’’ and its tricks, applauding loudly as the sleek machine gave a perfect performance of the famous Hamlet soliloquy, complete with over-the-top thespian actions and voices.
Fluent in 20 languages, the robot can hold basic conversations and copy the actions of people in front of it. It wowed the crowd with its impersonation of C3PO, the world-famous robot from Star Wars.
Marcus Hold, the engineer who designed RoboThespian, said its main function was for entertainment and communication. Hold said. ‘‘ But this is his first CeBIT and he’s lapping it up.’’
Occasionally RoboThespian gets too amorous with visitors getting up close for photos.
When it senses someone standing next to it, it turns to them and tries to plant a kiss on their cheek.
RoboThespian is yours for STG55,000 ($ A88,247), said Will Jackson, director of the firm that created it.
‘‘ What’s unique about the robot is that it can do nearly every motion that a human can do.’’
The robot can be programmed to recite anything its owner wants, in almost any voice – there are also female RoboThespians.
Unfortunately, the robot isn’t quite faultless. Attempting to demonstrate its maths skills, Jackson asked: ‘‘ RoboThespian, what is 2+ 2?’’
‘‘ 496,’’ replied the beaming machine.
‘‘ RoboThespian’’ drew big crowds at the fair