Humanoid Robots

Humanoid robots add to fun at Hong Kong talk

Grace Chen from Charis Entertainment, Ted Lai (centre) of BBC Asia and Mark Tilden, robotics physicist, talk about the future of fun. Photo: May Tse

Human-like robots akin to those in the seminal science-fiction movie Star Wars may soon be found on earth thanks to a former Nasa scientist who relocated from the United States to work in Hong Kong.

Sunday, 25 November, 2012, 10:59am

News: wine robot

Wall-Ye at work in a vineyard. Photo: AFP

A new vineyard worker is looking for a job in France. He has four wheels, two arms and six cameras, prunes 600 vines per day and never calls in sick.

The Wall-Ye V.I.N. robot, brainchild of Burgundy-based inventor Christophe Millot, is one of the robots being developed around the world aimed at vineyards struggling to find workers.

5 Oct 2012 - 10:35am

Face of what's to come

A lifelike robot designed in Japan is giving curious shoppers in Taikoo Shing a glimpse of a futuristic world.

7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Robotopia calling

For many years there was a convention in Hollywood that every film villain was either a European with a thick accent or a robot. Alas, these days it's all sexy vampires fighting sexy werewolves and unsexy zombies. Our declining fear of robots, androids and cyborgs - or our increasing acceptance of such machines - could be occurring just as the field of robotics comes of age.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Snakes alive

Close your eyes and picture a robot. The image that will probably come to mind is a clunky biped - basically, a human with a square head and stiff gait. Just as we typically think of aliens as variations on man, we also design robots in our image - only with far less finesse.

8 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Almost human

Her flawless skin consists of supple, synthetic silicon jelly that feels strangely human. Her face is a fusion of two unnamed, albeit well-known, South Korean actresses. Her low-key life force stems from the interplay of 35 miniature motors scattered around her upper body - modelled after that of a mystery singer - most of which can move.

10 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

press play

On May 13, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, in the United States, will host a special concert featuring renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma with a new, rather odd-looking conductor. Asimo, an advanced humanoid robot created by Japan's Honda Motor, will lead the orchestra in a performance of Impossible Dream. The robot's name stands for 'advanced step in innovative mobility'.

4 May 2008 - 12:00am

He's no dummy

In the movie Terminator II, actor Edward Furlong pokes the face of Arnold Schwarzenegger's cyborg to check for the machine beneath a fleshy exterior. Most people do the same to Geminoid HI-1, dubbed the world's most advanced android. The imposition brings a swift rebuke: 'Please don't touch me,' Geminoid says. 'It feels strange.'

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Feminine charms hide body of steel

The Japanese creator of the world's most life-like automaton is redefining the interaction between humans and machines

28 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Robot climbs evolutionary ladder

Grand Award WowWee

It can dance, throw, kick, belch, rap, talk and even do kung fu chops. And it also grabs this year's grand award for technological achievement.

28 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Feminine charms hide body of steel

If she were sitting in a bar in downtown Tokyo, a glass on the counter in front of her, casting the occasional slow glance around the room, she would inevitably attract male attention. A single woman out for a drink would, after all, be fair game for Japan's Romeos.

27 Feb 2006 - 12:00am


Asimo misses out on the action

12 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

An awareness, but still short of what humans enjoy

Scientists behind the next generation of the Robosapien toys insist that V2 will be truly aware of its environment rather than just performing a set of pre-programmed routines.

Awareness is defined by cognition experts as the ability to perceive and react to a changing environment. It does not imply understanding.

29 May 2005 - 12:00am

Robot toy with the smarts to rival Star Wars' C3PO

It may be a case of art imitating life with the next generation of Hong Kong's belching, dancing Robosapien, which is armed with artificial intelligence and a personality to rival Stars Wars' C3PO.

Robosapien V2 - developed by Mark Tilden and his Tsim Sha Tsui-based team at WowWee - can see, hear and speak.

29 May 2005 - 12:00am

ESC Sequences

Nasa robots

Nasa wants to make robots more friendly and 'human'. Good luck to them is all I can say. This site shows what they are up to. One project is called 'Acquisition of autonomous behaviours by robotic assistants'. Makes one feel all warm and fuzzy, doesn't it?

17 May 2005 - 12:00am