Hong Kong Man Builds A Scarlett Johansson Life Like Robot…. Things Are Getting Weird!


A life-size robot named "Mark 1", built by product and graphic designer Ricky Ma, 42, is seen in Hong Kong, China March 31, 2016. Ma, a robot enthusiast, spent a year-and-a half and more than HK$400,000 ($51,000) to create the humanoid robot, which is modelled after a Hollywood star, to fulfil his childhood dream. The eyes of the robot include face and color tracking functions. REUTERS/Bobby Yip SEARCH "ROBOT STAR" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

HONG KONG, April 1 (Reuters) – Like innumerable children with imaginations fired by animated films, Hong Kong product and graphic designer Ricky Ma grew up watching cartoons featuring the adventures of robots, and dreamt of building his own one day.

Unlike most of the others, however, Ma has realized his childhood dream at the age of 42, by successfully constructing a life-sized robot from scratch on the balcony of his home.

Life-size robot "Mark 1", modelled after a Hollywood star, responds with a blink after receiving a command by its creator Ricky Ma, 42, a product and graphic designer, during a demonstration in Hong Kong, China March 31, 2016. The eyes of the robot include face and color tracking functions. Ma, a robot enthusiast, spent a year-and-a half and more than HK$400,000 ($51,000) to create the robot to fulfil his childhood dream. REUTERS/Bobby Yip SEARCH "ROBOT STAR" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Life-size robot “Mark 1”, modelled after a Hollywood star, responds with a blink after receiving a command by its creator Ricky Ma, 42, a product and graphic designer, during a demonstration in Hong Kong, China March 31, 2016. The eyes of the robot include face and color tracking functions. Ma, a robot enthusiast, spent a year-and-a half and more than HK$400,000 ($51,000) to create the robot to fulfil his childhood dream. REUTERS/Bobby Yip SEARCH “ROBOT STAR” FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH “THE WIDER IMAGE” FOR ALL STORIES

The fruit of his labors of a year-and-a-half, and a budget of more than $50,000, is a female robot prototype he calls the Mark 1, modeled after a Hollywood star whose name he wants to keep under wraps. However, other outlets have noted the robot’sresemblance to Scarlett Johansson. It responds to a set of programmed verbal commands spoken into a microphone.

“I figured I should just do it when the timing is right and realize my dream. If I realize my dream, I will have no regrets in life,” said Ma, who had to learn about fields completely new to him before he could build the complex gadget.



Product and graphic designer Ricky Ma, 42, poses with his life-size humanoid "Mark 1", modelled after a Hollywood star, at a balcony which serves as his workshop in his unit at a residential flat in Hong Kong, China March 31, 2016. Ma, a robot enthusiast, spent a year-and-a half and more than HK$400,000 ($51,000) to create the humanoid robot to fulfil his childhood dream. REUTERS/Bobby Yip SEARCH "ROBOT STAR" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Product and graphic designer Ricky Ma, 42, poses with his life-size humanoid “Mark 1”, modelled after a Hollywood star, at a balcony which serves as his workshop in his unit at a residential flat in Hong Kong, China March 31, 2016. Ma, a robot enthusiast, spent a year-and-a half and more than HK$400,000 ($51,000) to create the humanoid robot to fulfil his childhood dream. REUTERS/Bobby Yip SEARCH “ROBOT STAR” FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH “THE WIDER IMAGE” FOR ALL STORIES

Besides simple movements of its arms and legs, turning its head and bowing, Ma’s robot, which has dark blonde hair and liquid eyes, and wears a grey skirt and cropped top, can create detailed facial expressions.

In response to the compliment, “Mark 1, 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.”

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