The company’s [Engineered Arts] robots have been sold for research, education and entertainment purposes. However, it recently unveiled its top-of-the line “Mesmer” series, realistic down to the pores and individual hairs. They’re “skinned by the best in the TV and film business,” Engineered Arts explained in the (Westworld-like) promotional video, below. (The model above, called “Fred” is being worked on by Engineered Arts’ prosthetic expert Mike Humphrey.)
It developed “powerful, silent, high-torque motors” to drive Mesmer’s body and head movements, and all the components were designed from scratch so that everything works together perfectly. By contrast, “other companies use a hodgepodge of bits from various vendors that often don’t work well together,” Engineered Arts claims. Each motor can be controlled independently, and what’s more, the main parts (including motors, cameras, depth sensors, LIDAR and microphones) are internet connected devices.
That means that all the robots can be “controlled, monitored, reprogrammed and maintained remotely from anywhere in the world,” said Engineered Arts. (Hopefully there’s incredibly strong encryption, as they’d be an awfully tempting target for hackers.)
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.