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Android Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his debut on CES that can ask questions and simulate human expressions

Creepy humanoid Arnold Schwarzenegger stunns the crowd at CES by answering questions and mimicking hundreds of different human expressions

  • Robo-C is an Android assistant that can imitate the face of another person
  • It has applications in customer service and also as a robot home assistant
  • The makers say that the bot can also mimic someone’s personality
  • Bots cost anywhere between $ 25,000 and $ 50,000, depending on the model

Deep in the heart of the CES expo floor, an unexpected Hollywoood actor – a face most people would recognize – asks questions from the crowd.

Arnold Schwarzenegger tells jokes; he answers questions like “what is the largest country in the world?” and ‘what do you think about people? with varying success.

The star-studded question and answer session and friendly conversations are not paid approval or part of CES programming, but rather a new product from the flashy Russian robotics startup, Promobot, called “Android Robo-C.”

Although this is not the first time of Promobot at CES, it is the debut for Robo-C, which is positioned as a kind of anthropomorphic office assistant that handles customer questions and connects to a smart home to help people communicate with other gadgets.

At CES in Las Vegas, Promobot showed a replica of actor Arnold

At CES in Las Vegas, Promobot showed a replica of actor Arnold

WHAT IS ROBO-C?

Robo-C is the world’s first humanoid android, according to its maker, the Russian startup Promobot.

Robo-C can be built with a lifelike human face, with 16 moving parts that can deliver more than 600 facial expressions.

It has a built-in AI with 100,000 speech modules with which it can communicate via a call.

Depending on the user specifications, Robo-C costs between $ 20,000 and $ 50,000.

From a commercial point of view, the company imagines Robo-C being used in places such as hotels to help guests check in or facilitate payments, or museums to help

According to co-founder of Promobot, Oleg Kivokurtsev, Andorid Robo-C is not limited to the face of Schwarzenegger, it can be recreated with a new skin to imitate the preference of his buyer.

“If you want one with your own appearance or someone else, we can do that,” Kivokurtsev told MailOnline.

In a special case, he said that a customer in India had Robo-C made to embody the face of her deceased husband.

And if Robo-C’s ability to mimic facial expressions and people wasn’t enough to give you goosebumps, Kivokurtsev says the android can be equipped with different personalities.

It is in this arena that things are starting to approach science fiction.

‘We can’t just look like looks, we can make artificial intelligence [using] a neural network of the brain, “said Kivokurtsev.

The co-founder claims that the use of “open data” such as information from social media to help reconstruct the speech of a subject.

Robo-C is supplemented by Promobot's V.4 assistant who is mobile and can be used to give people guided tours of museums and more

Robo-C is supplemented by Promobot's V.4 assistant who is mobile and can be used to give people guided tours of museums and more

Robo-C is supplemented by Promobot’s V.4 assistant who is mobile and can be used to give people guided tours of museums and more

How effective Promobot is in recreating what Kivokurtsev calls the “soul” of a person remains to be seen, since none of the company’s display models used the aforementioned technology.

Promobot says it hopes to sell 100 of the robots in the coming year, but with the base model at $ 25,000, that benchmark will not be an easy task.

In addition to Robo-C, which is stationary, Promobot also offers a mobile robot, V.2 and V.4, which can drive around semi-autonomously and offers similar services with speech recognition and computer vision.

These robots have found jobs in some museums around the world, have mechanical guides and can also be used in retail and as a concierge.

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