The greatest attractions at CES 2022 were the two human robots, Ameca and Pedia Roid.
Ameca has been created by Engineered Arts and they have their display at the temple of the technology fair. Moreover, they were available to answer all the doubts of the people who approached them.
When developers revealed the video of Ameca’s awakening, the world was in a stir because of the realistic facial expressions the robot had. However, their presentation is remote because of the increase in the new variant COVID19 cases. Ameca is being showcased for in-person attendance in Las Vegas, Nevada for those who will attend.
Social Media Queries and Questions
There are multiple questions on videos regarding Ameca about various things. For example, about the meaning of life and inflation. But since the software has limitations, even the robot cannot answer them. The robot always says,
Similarly, the robot answers differently even if it’s the same question asked multiple times. Together with its realistic expressions, the humanoid robot is very close to being perceived as a real person.
Marcus Hold, an engineer, who oversees the Ameca template said that the robot does not have all the answers because,
Advanced Human Shaped Robot
The British company pointed out that Ameca is the most advanced human-shaped robot in the world. It represents human-robotic technology. It depicts perfection when it comes to human-robot interaction because it has incredible facial expressions.
Their website explains,
Ameca responds fluently while making realistic expressions by matching what she is living. It also shows expressions of surprise and confusion when a people ask a complex question. Furthermore, it raises its arms for accompanying her speech.
The next step is to get the robot to walk. Although it is a long way, the face is being housed in an “Artificial human-like body powered by a powerful Tritium robot operating system.”
Pedia Roid: Pediatric Medical Treatment Robot
Pedia Roid is still in its development stage, however, it is available to rent or buy.
Alongside Ameca, the Pedia Roid humanoid robot also surprised the attendees of CES 2022. But, unlike the first one, it did cause fear because of the design. The design is the same as a child who screams and cries when feeling pain.
Yusuke Ishii who is behind the exposure of the doll said that the terrifying look is voluntary in the case of the robot Pedia Roid. He further said,
As per the brochure of the company, the robot can
Disturbing but Exciting Robot
A robot doll, which was the size of a child, screamed and stunned the audience attending CES 2022. However, the line between disturbing and exciting is blurry.
Marcelo Humerez said,
With a few other positions of Ameca, he got less fearful reception from the onlookers who were curious to watch him speak. In addition to displaying a human like motion range.
Morgan Roe, UK based engineered Arts said,
The robot that had a grey face and would move, blink, and speak like a human was beside him
He further added,
Before the level of realism has been reached, the creation has certain aspects to maintain; they reveal that it is not a living creature. It is, however, a space known as ‘the valley of the strange’.
When it comes to the case of Pedia Roid, the scary appearance is voluntary according to Yusuke Ishii, who was behind the exposure of the doll.