By Raza Mehdi
Dec 14, 2022
Erica was created by robotics professor Hiroshi Ishiguro at Osaka University. Erica's linguistic command is the most sophisticated artificial intelligence to date. She is a news anchor in Japan and the first robot to enlist in a science fiction film, “b”.
Sophia was created in Hong Kong and first activated on February 14, 2016. She has over 62 facial mechanisms which allow her to smile, articulate, squint, and move her eyes. Her speciality is conversations that have helped her appear on many television shows to promote discussion on the future of robotics.
The Atlas robot is an engineering feat of Boston Dynamics made in 2018. It is 1.80 m tall and an 82 kg gymnast that can move forward, backward, jump, do somersaults, avoid obstacles, run, fall and get up, pick up objects, pass them to another person and even fight!
Video: Boston Dynamics
Jia Jia is China’s first humanoid robot with an exceptionally realistic appearance. She can converse with a person with microbial facial expression by using speech-generation algorithms and facial recognition technologies.
Created by HONDA in 2000, the ASIMO robot is 1.30 m and weighs 50kg. It can walk forward and backwards, climb stairs, hop, avoid obstacles and run up to 9km/h. In the long term, this robot will be valuable for assisting sick people at home or in hospitals.
Ai-Da is the first ultra-realistic artist robot. She uses the cameras in her eyes and artificial intelligence to control her arms and create paintings of cultural value. Her first art show at the Design Museum in 2021 was a hit. Ai-Da was created in 2019 and named after British mathematician Ada Lovelace.
Ai-Da: The First Robot Artist
Pepper was created in France in 2014. The 1.20 m tall robot is formed of 20 joints and built to provide hospitality services for companies. Pepper robots work as receptionists in catering, hospitality, education, and business. It can detect some emotions, speak 15 languages, indicate a direction, and move on three wheels.
Ameca was developed by the British company Engineered Arts. The 27 motors in its face enable it to mimic human facial expressions, like happiness and surprise. Ameca can speak excellently and articulate answers to any question.
Video: Engineered Arts
Nadine is a socially intelligent robot clone of its creator, Nadia Thalmann. She programmed her in 2015 at Nanyang Technological University. Nadine can recognise people she has met before, recall past conversations. She is currently a receptionist at the university that designed her.
T-HR3 is a humanoid robot that can copy the movements of its operators. The humanoid was introduced in 2017 by Toyota.The latest model features better controls and more natural interactions. The humanoid can be used as a caretaker and help during remotely controlled surgeries.