The pandemic caused by the new coronavirus may even have harmed some sectors of the market, but it has boosted others, such as, for example, the production of hyper-realistic robots, which have long been used for everything from the realization of hard work right up to customer service, whether via phone or online. “Lately, I’ve been very concerned about COVID-19,” said Sophia, a robot at Hanson Robotics, a Hong Kong-based company.
The android, who has attended several technology conferences around the world and even participated in “The Tonight Show”, one of the most famous talk shows in the United States, is extremely hot. The reason? It looks like a human being, it is so realistic.
Sophia, for those who don’t know, is capable of carrying on a conversation with anyone, knows a variety of facial expressions, and is even able to greet those who approach with a simple high-five. According to a recent report, published by CBS News, Hanson Robotics designed the robot in 2016 and has since improved the technology.
In addition to knowing how to do everything mentioned above, the Sophia robot, today, after a series of improvements, is capable of painting incredible works of art. One was recently auctioned for $688,000. According to information contained in the report published by CBS News, this is the first time that a work of art created by a robot has been sold.
Even though they’ve worked on new approaches to enable their robots to be able to perform certain activities, Hanson Robotics has revealed that it’s currently working to create realistic robots to act as health aids. In an interview with CBS News, the company said that the new machines could, for example, measure the temperature and examine a person’s pulse.
Hanson Robotics informed numerous international media that the new robot models intended to be health aids should be available on the market this first semester. Second, David Hanson, founder and CEO of Hanson Robotics, a large number of models will be on sale to meet the expected demand – the exact number has not been given.
As reported in the report published by CBS News, the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus has made the presence of robots more common in various market sectors. Today, a large number of companies resort to purchasing androids to perform certain tasks, such as disinfecting public areas and delivering food.
For most automation experts, the presence of the pandemic has made people more willing to rely on robots, especially to perform poorly paid or potentially dangerous jobs. The experts in question also believe that making machines more real, more human-like, helps to consolidate the feeling of trust.
Hanson Robotics is one of the companies currently working on creating hyper-realistic robots. Promobot, a Russian company, is another that has conquered the sector with the production of machines aimed at customer service, which are programmed to work alongside human counterparts.
Currently, Promobot has in its stock about 10 robots available for purchase. Each unit costs about $42,000. Robots, of course, are not cheap. But manufacturers ensure that the investment is promising, after all, unlike human beings, machines don’t need to rest, they don’t need vacations and other benefits that we enjoy as formal workers.