Meet Zeno the humanoid robot from Hanson Robotics
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A super expensive robot / toy. It makes me wonder how close we are to everyone having a robot in their house. Not just a roomba but a robot that can carry on a conversation or keep your kids occupied so you don’t have to.
Zeno’s open-platform software allows for custom tinkering by the purchaser, but the robot is currently programmed for a number of functions as well as speaking 26 languages. In the video, it asserts that it can carry on “conversations” and show “compassion.” It can also “deliver education curricula,” provide autism treatment therapy and can answer questions. It demonstrated the last of these by fielding spoken questions on astronomy, sports and films.
Zeno will be joined by a “female” counterpart called Alice in August of 2012. Neither, however, will be selling for the US$300 that Hanson had hoped for five years ago. Though no price has been set, current Hanson RoboKind robots are valued on its website at up to US$16,750. However, the company is still keen on breaking into the mass market and plans to roll out smaller, cheaper “cousins” for Zeno sometime in 2013.
The latest version of Zeno introduces itself in the video below.
Source: Hanson Robotics via plasticpals