Animatronic Robot Baby Cannot Be Unseen

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Evan Ackerman is IEEE Spectrum’s robotics editor.

Animatronic Robot Baby Cannot Be Unseen

Remember how we keep on saying that you shouldn't make robot babies? That's because you shouldn't make robot babies. It's a little bit more excusable if you're a professional animator and someone is paying you to make one of these... Things... But that doesn't make it any less creepy.

The creepy part here isn't so much that this robot doesn't look like a baby; it's more that it doesn't look like a baby while simultaneously acting very much like a baby. This is the Uncanny Valley at its finest: things start to go wrong when you've either got a real baby acting like a robot, or a robot acting like a real baby. Getting a robot to act so pseudo-convincingly is largely due to the skills of the baby's, um, driver (?), who in this case looks to be an English professional animatronic creature designer named Chris Clarke.

If my Internet stalking is correct, Chris has a lot of experience making animatronic robots for movies and TV. You can check out more of his work here and here, and be amazed by what lifelike movements are possible from clever combinations of servos.

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