Man builds ‘Scarlett Johansson’ robot from scratch to realize childhood dream

A Hong Kong-based product designer, Ricky Ma, has realized a childhood dream by creating a life-sized humanoid robot. (left)
The actress Scarlet Johansson. (right)

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A Hong Kong-based product designer has realized a childhood dream by creating a life-sized humanoid robot.

The robot winks, speaks in English, responds to commands and flexes its arms and hands.

Ricky Ma built the robot from scratch. He grew up watching cartoons featuring robots and dreamed of creating his own.

Now, he has created his robot prototype, which is modeled after actress Scarlett Johansson.

Ma made the robot on the balcony of his home. The process took him a year and a half and cost him $50,000. About 70 percent of the parts were made using 3-D printing. Many of the parts look like human bones, Ma said.

The robot is programmed to respond to verbal commands. Although its movements are, well, robotic, some of the facial expressions are more life-like.

Creating the robot involved much trial-and-error work, Ma said. However, he has no regrets.

Ma hopes an investor will purchase his prototype, giving him the funding to build more.



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