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Technology : Humanoid like Robot


Aye, robot? Amazingly lifelike humanoid that can react to facial expressions, engage in conversation and even make eye contact

Robot has been drawing crowds at Hong Kong electronics event this week
It can recognise and respond to human facial expressions in natural way
Known as Ham, the head was designed by US firm Hanson Robotics   
Made using soft-bodied mechanical engineering and nanotechnology


PUBLISHED: 12:14 EST, 18 April 2015 | UPDATED: 12:55 EST, 18 April 2015

With his lively eyebrows, winkled cheeks and eyes that follow you around the room – this state-of-the-art robotic head is menacingly lifelike.

The humanoid, known as Ham, has been drawing in crowds with his incredible range of facial expressions at an electronics event in Hong Kong this week.

The head, designed by American robotics designer David Hanson, is able to answer basic questions and can also be used in the simulation of medical scenarios.

Ham is currently on exhibit at the Global Sources spring electronics show at AsiaWorld Expo – the largest event of its kind in the world, with more than 4,000 booths displaying the latest gadgets.

The head is created with malleable material called Frubber using soft-bodied mechanical engineering and nanotechnology.

It contains realistic pores that measure just 4 to 40 nanometers across (there are 10million nanometers in one centimetre).

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