The CES tech show on January 5, 2022, turned out to be a mixture of many emotions ranging from being creeped out to be amazed at a human creation.
Among the robots that captured everyone’s attention is the humanoid called Pedia-Roid. It is difficult to describe the humanoid in words but most sources have claimed that the robot managed to create a seepage between cool and slightly disturbing.
Even one of the exhibitors from Peru, Marcelo Humerez, described the robot as having “scary” looking eyes. The Pedia-Roid is designed for medical training, and as part of its description, the eyes of the robot turn white.
Just a few paces away from the medical robot, people were greeted by another humanoid called Ameca. It garnered a different reaction from those around it as the humanoid chatted with the people whom it amazed by demonstrating its human-like gestures. An exhibitor from the Canadian company Geotab exclaimed, “Whoa, robot! I didn’t expect that when I turned the corner. But it looks amazing and it tracked me right away.”
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Although these two robots elicited different reactions, the aim of the creators of these robots was spot on. Morgan Roe from Britain-based Engineered Arts mentioned that the firm created software and technology to make Ameca person-like.
He further mentioned, “We’ve designed Ameca to be as human-like as possible in movement. Humans are so complex, so making a robot exactly like a human is almost impossible. But if we did that, then you wouldn’t be scared of it because you would just assume it was a human.”
On the other hand, the Japanese firm responsible for creating the Pedia-Roid, tmsuk, revealed that the firm wanted to create a realistic scenario, and as such the developers added some of the scary noises so that the humanoid will behave like a child.
Pedia-Roid can simulate the movements of a child who is reluctant to receive treatment. However, the humanoid could be used efficiently by doctors to test how they can treat and comfort reluctant children.