Cutting-edge Russian robot was performer in a costume

Dec 16, 2018, 01:32
Cutting-edge Russian robot was performer in a costume

MBKh Media, Mikhail Khodorkovsky's opposition news agency showed what it says is the man in the suit, sans robot head, ahead of the performance.

Russian state television praised a "hi-tech robot" at a technology forum that is actually a man in a robot suit.

Boris was shown on stage with co-hosts using dance moves so realistic that your dad would proudly use them at a wedding.

Russian website TJournal noted the lack of sensors, human-like movements and other discrepancies, and revealed that Boris was in fact a human clad in a costume sold under the name Alyosha by the Russian company Show Robots.

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While the forum's organisers deny claiming the man in a robot suit was a real robot, it seems like state TV footage pushed that narrative.

According to "Medusa", the organizers of the forum apparently made a decision to diversify the program, and in the absence of real achievements released at the scene animator, who imitated the movements and the voice of the robot.

The TV widely animator in the costume of the robot for the achievement of domestic appliances.

In its report, a channel anchor said it was "entirely possible one of these [students] could dedicate himself to robotics".

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"Robot Boris has already learned to dance and he's not that bad", Russia-24 said in the broadcast.

Boris, called "the country's most modern robot" by the channel, also held a conversation with conference hosts, telling the audience "I know mathematics well but I also want to learn to draw".

The description of the costume Alyosha on the official website of the makers says that the costume weighing 10 kgs is "an nearly complete illusion that you have a real robot".

If this robot is what Russian Federation 24 reported, it would be an astonishing advance in robotics and a huge leap into the uncanny valley.

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