Swag for days — a TEDx speaker’s bopping robot
Robotics expert Guy Hoffman creates robots that act more like Pixar’s adorably expressive, imperfect Wall-E than a TI-83. In short, they’re less robotic robots.With a background in animation and acting, Guy was fascinated by the complex ways that humans show emotion through their bodies, and wanted to create equally expressive robots; ones that appear to be more than just animated calculators.
Guy’s robots can improvise on the marimba, freestyle with rappers, dance to Snoop Dogg, and even nuzzle you when you’re sad. They’re charming company, really. “Maybe robots that are a little less than perfect are just perfect for us,” Guy says. Above, a couple of his creations in action.
For more on these robotic wonders, check out Guy’s whole talk here.