Guess what... Scarlett Johansson has a twin!
No, I'm not talking about her twin brother, Hunter, but rather the new robot that a man in Hong Kong has made in her likeness. I say it's a new robot because the world is just hearing about it now, but in reality it has really been a project that has been in the works for close to two years, costing close to $50,000!
Graphic Designer Ricky Ma from Hong Kong, a man with a big dream to build a working robot, created "Mark 1" using a 3D printer to create a skeleton and layers of silicone that give the robot life-like skin. Based on how realistic the robot (I keep wanting to call it a doll) looks, it's obvious that he's really good at what he does.
Apparently Ma at first only set out of make a life-sized robot. "I figured I should just do it when the timing is right and realize my dream. If I realize my dream, I will have no regrets in life," he stated. The decision to model it after the beautiful actress came further along in the process. He has never had any formal programming or coding training and adopted a true "trial and error" approach to his creation.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL_tZxRqIys
Honestly, Mark 1 looks pretty realistic and seems fairly harmless. She's dressed in a halter top and skirt but even that seems kind of sweet. It's when she opens her mouth to speak and body parts start moving, that things get a little weird. He speaks to the robot through a microphone and she replies with what seems to be a standard woman robot voice, which also begs the question: Is there such a thing as a standard woman robot voice? The icing on this robot cake, however, is the fact that Ma programmed her to wink at him every time he calls her cute. Meh, that feels like it's getting a little too close to the personal...
I have to admit that if I had one iota of talent in robotics or coding I would be the first person to make a life-sized Darren Criss robot to sing duets with -- because I'm kooky that way. But I have to wonder what he, or better yet, what Scarlett would think of having such a doppelganger in the world. I'm sure it's a little disturbing to know that someone has been researching your appearance down to the tiniest mark.
The robot is obviously a labor of love and a testament to following one's dreams. As creepy as it may seem to know there is a person out there with a talking, yet not really living, version Scarlett Johansson you got to give the guy props for putting so much effort into his ideas