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by on December 16, 2009 at 11:08 am in Current Affairs | Permalink

Buy your own android double:

They will be built by Japanese robotics firm Kokoro, which is best known for its line of attractive Actroid receptionist humanoids.

The company will create the sitting robot out of silicone with the same face, body shape, hair and eyes of the recipient. Their speech will be based on recordings of the owner's voice.

The android's facial expressions and upper body will be modeled on the movements of the buyer.

Do check out the photos of the female models and the video is a must.  They're not cheap:

The mechanical doppelgangers will be on offer at Sogo, Seibu, and Robinson retailers for the princely sum of 20.1million yen or £139,000.

But they are pretty good, here is one (male) example:

Android

For the pointer I thank Bob Cottrell at The Browser.

anon December 16, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Am I the only one who thinks Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro’s “robot doppelganger”, pictured above, looks like a relative of Kim Jong Il (North Korea’s “Dear Leader”)?

Tyler December 16, 2009 at 12:31 pm

These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

Josh December 16, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro and his doppleganger were one of the main subplots featured in the “Mechanical Love” documentary, which was really interesting although not very well produced: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIHl-eGHAdQ

Marian Kechlibar December 17, 2009 at 3:19 am

Heh, put that robot into your backyard, sitting on a chair and ostensibly reading a book…

Then go commit whatever you wish and later claim an alibi. After all, your neighbors have seen you.

This interesting kind of problem will get worse as the androids get better. Up to the nasty point where the roles switch and you will be the one sitting in the backyard, while your android twin is robbing someone.

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