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Man Creates $50K 3D Printed Replica of Scarlett Johansson

by • March 31, 2016 • No Comments

  • Outside of the inexplicable beauty which permeates our day to day realities, life can be a tedious, pointless, and a fewtimes horrific mess. The worst thing is which, while countless atrocities take place the world over, one man in Hong Kong has spent a year and a half and $50,000 to 3D print a robot which he believes appears like actor Scarlett Johansson.


    Designed by product and graphic developer Ricky Ma, the Mark 1 robot showcases a 3D printed skeleton and of 70% of the body is 3D printed. Within the body are motors and electronics and, wrapped around its frame, is silicone skin. The Mark 1’s eyebrows and the areas around its eyes can tense and relax, due to motors inside its face, and it can respond to sound by raising its eyebrows and winking. The bot can in addition move its arms and legs, turn its head and bow. As Ma labored away on his apartment balcony, he spent a few $50,000 on constructing the bot.


    Similar to Gaël Langevin, who created and created the InMoov robot several years back, Ma had no robotics or electrical engineering experience when he set of this project. Unlike the open source labor of love which is InMoov, this Scarlett-bot is up for sale to investors. Ma tells Reuters, “I figured I should only do it when the timing is right and realise my dream. If I realise my dream, I can have no regrets in life. During this system, a lot of individuals may say things like, ‘Are you stupid? This takes a lot of money. Do you actually understand how to do it? It is quite complex. When you appear at all things together, it was quite difficult.”

    To say this machine looks like the real Hollywood actor may be to insult Scarlett Johansson. To say which it is lifelike may be an insult to all of life. If I’ve learned one thing of reading Philip K. Dick, it’s which we should never mistake the simulacrum for the real deal.


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