Wow, I really want to get my hands on one of these and see how they tick!
This little guy is named Zeno. He appears to be a very capable robot with 28 different motors and a flexible face for communicating emotions.
The general public got their first real look at Zeno at Wired NextFest, and he appears to have created quite a buzz.
Check out this video of Zeno in action.
Isn’t his face creepily expressive?
Most robots of this kind are unfortunately just expensive toys, limited in what they can do and essentially just playing back sequences of movement previously recorded. Zeno aims to buck that trend by hooking up wirelessly to your computer, giving it a lot more thinking power. Couple that with the AI technology by Massive, the same team behind the AI used in The Lord of the Rings and lots more films, and you’ve got an a thinking, learning robot.
It sounds insanely cool – I really hope that it’s open to tinkering and hacking once they’re available.