Fans often do crazy things for their favorite celebrities, but this fan has actually built replica of his favorite Hollywood actress. Hong Kong-based graphic designer Ricky Ma has always dreamed of designing a humanoid robot since childhood. Being obsessed with animation and robots, Ma has finally created lifelike female humanoid robot that bears close resemblance to none other than Avengers actress Scarlett Johansson.
42-year-old designer has spent more than a year and nearly $50,000 on creating the female robot prototype, named Mark 1. He began the project with trial-and-error methodology and also admitted that it wasn’t easy to create the robot – as it involved lot of dynamics, electromechanics and programming. He has confirmed that this realistic humanoid is modeled on a Hollywood star, but wanted to keep her name under wraps. However, the appearance says it all.
Reportedly, 70-percent of the robotic body has been created using 3D printing technology. The 3D printed skeleton (including robot’s mechanical and electronic interior mechanisms) is covered with silicone skin and dressed in a crop top and a gray skirt. Plus, blonde hair and hazel eyes are incorporated to the replica to form detailed facial expressions.
Aside from the robot’s close resemblance to Scarlett Johansson, Mark 1 can also talk and respond to compliments. For instance, if Ma says “you are so beautiful,” its brows and the muscles around its eyes relax, and the corners of its lips lift creating a natural-seeming smile, and it says, “Hehe, thank you.” On saying, “you’re cute,” it giggles and give him a wink.
Although the robot is still in its prototype phase, but Ma believes that importance of robots will grow in coming years. Currently, he is seeking an investor to give him capital to build more of these replicas. He is also planning to write a book about his experience and to help other robotic enthusiasts.