A Russian startup by the name of Promobot is currently selling autonomous robot clones of real persons. In fact, this is their key selling point of the robot known as Robo-C. The website says, ‘Order a robot with the appearance of any person to your office or home.’
As per a press statement that was released by Promobot, the android Robo-C is ‘a completely anthropomorphic machine. It copies human facial expressions: can move its eyes, eyebrows, lips, and other “muscles,” and also keep the conversation going and answer questions.’
Robo-C comes with more than 600 facial expressions and life-like artificial skin. The company claims to be a manufacturer of service robots and believes that its androids will soon be able to replace human workers. However, it is also offering services to personal use, including cases of a personal assistant.
Aleksei Iuzhakov, who is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Promobot, said, ‘Everyone will now be able to order a robot with any appearance — for professional or personal use. We can build a linguistic model based on popular phrases of a particular person – the robot will communicate and answer questions by analyzing frequent expressions of the “original” and using a certain context of knowledge of this person.’
The Robo-C is not able to walk as of yet, but its neck and torso can move similar to a real person. Promobot has also announced that it already has four orders for Robo-Cs. One robot is supposed to be working in a government agency, whereas a second bot is slated to be a clone of Albert Einstein for a robot exhibition. The other two robots have been bought by a Middle Eastern family to be clones of their mother and father. These robots will spend time greeting guests that come to visit. What do you think of Robo-C by Promobot? Do let us know!