And when the face motor and bluetooth-powered speaker are in “chat” mode, she can talk up a blue streak.
During a demonstration on Tuesday, a software update caused some technical difficulties with Harmony’s speech center, which Mc Mullen operated from a hand-held tablet.
Harmony is the result of three years of experimentation.
In May, he released the Harmony AI app through Realbotix on the website realbotix.systems.
That talent landed him a job at a Halloween mask factory in San Diego, where he learned the technique of injection molding.
Then one day while walking through a department store, he was mesmerized by a human model posing as a mannequin.
Speaking with a Scottish lilt, Harmony whirred to life, opened her eyes and greeted Mc Mullen, saying how much she’d missed him since their last conversation and asked if he wanted to hear a joke or a poem. There’s still a bit of shake around the mouth when Harmony speaks and a slight metallic, echoing tone to her voice, but Harmony — priced around $10,000 — is widely considered the most scientifically advanced human-style robot in the world.
Mc Mullen grew up drawing, painting and working in mixed-media art until in his 20s he discovered a passion for sculpting, specializing in creating lifelike female figures 12 to 18 inches tall.
One critic worries that the doll’s artificial intelligence app could be hacked to make it kill its owner (like the vengeance meted out by sex robots in the film “Ex Machina” and TV show “Westworld”).
And women’s advocates say owners could realistically rehearse plans for violent sexual acts with the interactive dolls.
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