World’s most lifelike robot is revealed to be a Russian man in a suit
A STATE-of-the-art robot which wowed TV audiences across Russia – turned out to be a man in a suit.
Robot Boris starred on a science report for state television showing off his amazing ability to walk, talk and even dance.
Twitter Boris showed off his amazing ability to walk, talk and even dance on the news show[/caption]
However, after his startling small screen debut some started to question whether or not Boris was the real deal.
The Russian website TJournal was among the first to query the actual technology behind the robot’s impressive performance.
They wanted to know where were its external sensors? Why did it move so strangely? Why was its voice pre-recorded? And why did it look like a person would fit perfectly inside?
Before long a photo emerged on the internet which seemed to show the fleshy neck of a man “hiding” inside.
Twitter It later turned out the ‘robot’ had a man hidden inside[/caption]
Twitter TV coverage showed Boris talking and even dancing at the technology forum[/caption]
While the organisers of the Proyektoria technology forum – which was aimed at youngsters – had never claimed the robot was real, the TV coverage on Russia-24 certainly suggested it was.
Boris turned out to be an ‘Alyosha the Robot’ costume made by a company called ‘Show Robots’.
The £3,000 costume, equipped with microphone and tablet display, creates the “near total illusion that before you stands a real robot”.
And it certainly fooled the Russia-24 journalist who covered the forum for the broadcast network.
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“It’s entirely possible one of these (students) could dedicate himself to robotics,” the anchor reported.
“Especially as at the forum they have the opportunity to look at the most modern robots.”
Then, Boris chirped up: “I know mathematics well but I also want to learn to draw”, before breaking into dance.