Talking Robot At Tech Show Turns Out To Be Man In Costume

by Dwayne Torres December 16, 2018, 1:30
Talking Robot At Tech Show Turns Out To Be Man In Costume

"How did Russian scientists get the finished robot so quickly, without publishing any intermediate results?" they asked, and why is it shaped like it is a robot suit with a man inside it, rather than a hinged machine?

The Russian state news network Rossiya 24 has retracted a report about "one of the most advanced robots in the world" featured at the "Proektoriya" youth forum.

It should be noted that there were no official statements about Boris' being a real robot during the performance at the forum; it was used mainly for comic scenes and as part of the show. Yep, these kids really do love dancing and robots.

A state-of-the-art robot called "Robot Boris" was lauded on Russian state TV as an android that would inspire local children to future careers in robotics.

Most pointedly, TJournal also questioned why Boris appeared to be the ideal size for a human to fit inside.

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Later on, a Russian website, TJournal went on to investigate the authenticity of the hi-tech robot and found that it lacked in terms of sensors, showed human-like movements. The channel told viewers that "Robot Boris has already learned to dance and he's not that bad".

At $3,800 each, the Alyosha costume is equipped with a microphone, tablet display and, according to the company, creates the "near total illusion that before you stands a real robot".

Reports suggest that show organisers never intended audiences to see the robot as anything other than a man in a suit, and that the confusion only arose when it appeared on TV.

In Russia the animator in a suit were given for "the most modern robot" Boris.

Footage of the robot reportedly disappeared briefly from Russia-24's YouTube channel on Wednesday morning but it came back again a short while later.

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