You may recognize the Einstein robot from a WIRED magazine cover earlier this year. Here's a video of the Einstein Robot in action. As Hanson Robotics describes, "The big deal with Albert Hubo is the battery-powered untethered walking body. The Albert Hubo is the first ever walking robot with humanlike expressions. Our Frubber material makes this possible, because it requires MUCH less force to move into facial expressions than do previous materials--less than 1/20th the force and energy than the softest animatronics materials, accordingÃŠto published tests. ÃŠThis means that the Albert head can run for hours on AA batteries, so it can be mobile and mount on a walking robot body. The expressions are lifelike--as can be seen at in this movie."
1. Humanlike Robotic Expressions - There is an opportunity for innovators to develop more lifelike expressions for robotic technology, creating a more human-like look and appeal.
2. Untethered Walking Robots - There is potential for companies to create more battery-powered walking robots for use in a variety of fields and settings.
3. Advanced Robotic Materials - Materials scientists have an opportunity to create more advanced and efficient materials for use in soft robotics, requiring less energy and force to move and express emotions.
1. Robotics - Robotics companies and manufacturers could benefit from investing in R&D to improve their robot's mobility and expression capabilities.
2. Entertainment - Entertainment and media companies can leverage these advancements in robotics to create more lifelike characters and experiences in films, TV shows, and amusement parks.
3. Healthcare - Healthcare providers can explore the use of walking robots and humanoid robots with lifelike expressions to assist in patient care and rehabilitation.