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Hong Kong man makes his own female robot

Friday, April 01, 2016 - 01:13

A Hong Kong man has made his own female robot, modelled after a famous Hollywood actress. Yiming Woo reports.

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Meet Mark 1, a female robot built by Hong Kong man Ricky Ma. It's modelled after a famous Hollywood actress -- but Ma doesn't want to say who. Mark 1 can respond to a set of pre-programmed questions. Ma spent a year and a half, and more than $50,000 to make it from scratch. (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) 42-YEAR-OLD PRODUCT AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER, AND CREATOR OF HUMANOID ROBOT MARK 1, RICKY MA, SAYING: "When I was a child, I liked robots. Why? Because I liked watching animation. All children loved it. There were Transformers, cartoons about robots fighting each other and games about robots. After I grew up, I wanted to make one. But during this process, a lot of people would say things like, 'Are you stupid? This takes a lot of money. Do you even know how to do it? It's really hard.'" Ma used 3D-printing technology to make its skeleton, skin and body, but the process was not entirely smooth-sailing. Electric motors burnt out, and Mark 1 sometimes toppled over. Ma hopes he can sell this prototype to build more, and wants to write a book about his experience to help other robot enthusiasts.

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Hong Kong man makes his own female robot

Friday, April 01, 2016 - 01:13