One man built a robot that looks eerily similar to Scarlett Johansson

There are plenty of humanoid robots in the world, sure, but most of them look like murderous Terminator droids.

Exhibit A: The Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics.

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Yes, that is an autonomous humanoid robot walking through the woods outside of Boston.
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One man, however, dreamed of a more human-looking droid – one that looks, curiously enough, almost exactly like Scarlett Johansson.

Exhibit B: the Scarlett Johansson robots, created by Hong Kong native Ricky Ma.

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Whoa indeed. Here’s how he did it.


“When I was a child, I liked robots,” Ma told Reuters. “Why? Because I liked watching animation. All children loved it. There were Transformers, cartoons about robots fighting each other and games about robots.”

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“After I grew up, I wanted to make one,” he said. “But during this process, a lot of people would say things like, ‘Are you stupid? This takes a lot of money. Do you even know how to do it? It’s really hard’.”

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The robot reportedly took about 1.5 years to build. Its face is, by far, the most realistically rendered part of the robot.

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Over 1.5 years and $50,000 later, Ma realized his goal. It probably doesn’t hurt that he’s an industrial designer.

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Much of its body is made up of 3D-printed parts, like its skeleton.

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It’s more than just a pretty face and…skeleton: Ma’s robot can respond to a selection of voice commands.

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He dubs the robot “mark 1,” as it’s his first prototype. Here are just some of the voice commands he can issue.

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According to the Reuters report, ScarJo’s robotic doppelg√§nger can also respond to voice.

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When the robot is told it’s beautiful, “its brows and the muscles around its eyes relax, and the corners of its lips lift, creating a natural-seeming smile, and it says, ‘Hehe, thank you.'”

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Ma’s dog doesn’t seem to know what to do about its owner’s new robot friend.

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Watch out for those robot feet, little dog!

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About 70% of the robot’s body is composed of 3D printed materials. This pile of 3D printed skeletons attests to the number of iterations that Ma went through.

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It also doubles as a killer Halloween decoration.
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Robo ScarJo (RoboJo?) still requires some help standing, as seen here.

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But Ma is clearly happy with his first prototype. It’s not clear where the project will go next, but we imagine it could involve hearing from a certain Hollywood star’s legal representatives.

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Robot selfie!
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