HUMANOIDS - SOCIAL COMPANIONS & COMFORT ROBOTS
- Brian Roe spent nearly a decade building animatronic monsters for films such as Virus, A.I., and Scooby Doo 2. Then, almost overnight,
Hollywood abandoned mechanical characters for computer renderings. Roe now works as a technology consultant, but with the surge of cheap, user-friendly microelectronics, he saw a market emerging for hobbyist robots. "It used to be that electronics and software were out of reach," Roe says. "Over the past six or eight years, it has completely switched." So Roe began developing a low-cost kit to teach anyone robotics. He calls his work-in-progress Roy the Robot.
Humans cannot perform anywhere near as well as other animals, but robots that look and operate like us could perform many useful functions in a modern society - and be our legacy when life on earth is no longer. It is a young person game with teenagers making great strides and plastic printing avoiding the need for traditional engineering skills - hence, making it easier to go from the drawing board to a solid plastic article.
At the moment there are hundreds of humanoids controlled by RC servos, that, let us face it, cannot cut the mustard. If you are going to build an animatronic human, you're going to need a bit more oomph. On the other hand, programmers have to start somewhere.
Following on from our research with the giant animatronic ant, it seems to us that there is a market for a sensible human robot kit that is not made of plastic, and can actually lift stuff and put whatever it lifts somewhere other than the pick up point. Is that too much to ask. We are thinking of a titanium or other high strength alloy frame with 5 full triple axis ball bearing joints with swivels. Added to this we'd ensure decent hand and foot add-ons were available. There are though so many hands already out there, it won't be long before there is one that we like.
We don't need to develop skin and body padding, because there are already so many life-size human dolls on the market, we could simply point you in the right direction. Artwork is important here. We like the idea of robots that look like robots, but still have human qualities. No doubt this subject would mean hours in the boardroom deciding on what is good - so maybe we'll leave that to you to decide.
- An “expert” on the psychology of sex has “claimed” that not only does she expect having “sex with robots” to be socially “acceptable” by 2070, but it may be more popular than “intercourse” with humans.
Such companions might relieve often turbid sexual conditions in a relationship, freeing up partners for a more fruitful and productive life. The impending “trend” is the subject of a lot of “fiction” being made of late, including the films “Ex Machina” and the Channel 4 TV series “Humans” which tend to “focus” on the negatives.
UP - When it comes down to it, machines are simply what we make them. Robots allow us to explore our issues without the restrictions of our own humanity. They are but a blank slate that offer us the opportunity to reframe our ideas. With the internet already opening up an entirely new world for people to explore their sexual identities and
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS SEPT 2015
RADIO CONTROL - Using a standard Futaba Radio controller, the kind used in flying model planes, you can program a remote control pair of human eyes, from setting limits to controlling which joystick motions control which movements, including blending channels, for example allowing the lower eyelid to raise when the eyeball looks up.
The robots — basically sex dolls with artificial intelligence — haven’t hit
the shelves yet: A company called True Companion has promised to start selling the “world’s first sex robot,” name Roxxxy, later this year. Roxxxy is set to sell for about $7,000.
ARTISTS IMPRESSION - Well, we're not sure we like the look of this arrangement. Anatomically, it leaves a lot to be desired, if that is, it is supposed to be a pleasure model. Great artwork though, just not love at first sight.
v MENBOTS - With groundbreaking efforts by David Levy constructed on the research into
teledildonics (cybersex toys utilized via the web) Levy describes the increase in likelihood of a culture that will welcome the age of sex robots. For Levy, the sex industry will be modeled in a manner that will mirror human robot relations.
LADY GAGA - Imagine that Fem and Menbots could be ordered as your pop idol or movie star. Who would you choose as a partner. Cary Grant, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, or maybe Raquel Welch. Lady Gaga would make a great subject with a number of singers using robots in their routines including Katy Perry, Rihanna and Beyonce. You could have a human partner and a robot lover to help your biological relationship go the distance. Remember Blade Runner and Rachel? It's better than chocolate. But then, would your biological partner get jealous.
The relationship between humans and artificial counterparts has run deeply for thousands of years. Remember the tale from Ancient Greece, Pygmalion’s statue brought to life with a kiss? The stuff of both legend and science fiction has become so deeply embedded in our history and our imagination that it is a part of our very core.
Purveyors of sexual favours for financial reward, such as pimps and prostitutes, will naturally be up in arms at the competition - doing them out of business. For sure then, in the fight for the moral high ground, local and international authorities might welcome what may be a cure to human trafficking and other degradation, even slavery. Synthetic companions would certainly help the aged to cope.
A mechatronics engineer unites the principles of mechanics, electronics, and computing to generate a simpler, more economical and reliable system. The term "mechatronics" was coined by Tetsuro Mori, the senior engineer of the
Japanese company Yaskawa in 1969. An industrial robot is a prime example of a mechatronics system; it includes aspects of electronics, mechanics, and computing to do its day-to-day jobs.
DOLL - Not the best of examples in our opinion, but robots could be programmed to be “up for whatever” and perform an infinite number of “positions and experiences. It is very possible given these freedoms, that “sex” with robots may become the most “popular” kind of sex. As Austin Powers might say: Yeh baby! Steer clear of Fembots with machine gun nipples though.
REASONS MEN & WOMEN MIGHT PREFER ROBOTS FOR SEX:
can be tailored to the individuals tastes, curves and sizes, etc.
ANDROID CHASSIS DESIGN - The secret to building a better android, is to develop lightweight 3 axis (hand) and 5 axis (leg and shoulder) assemblies. Jameson Hunter Ltd is looking to use their robot IP to develop a humanoid frame that other robotic engineers might purchase cheaply for open source development. The above ball-bearing based joint is to incorporate shoulder and arm swivels to make 5 axis arms and legs - to be made of titanium in 12 and 16mm shaft versions.
BEARING UP - We'll be using 20 and 25mm ball-bearing (pillow mount) blocks on other parts of the humanoid chassis..
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