They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that's true, Scarlett Johansson is going to be thrilled.
Ricky Ma from Hong Kong, a talented graphic designer and apparently a big ScarJo fan, just achieved his childhood dream of building a life-size robot. That robot happens to look exactly like 31-year-old actress Scarlett Johansson, but answers to the name Mark1.
Like most kids, 42-year-old Ma grew up captivated by cartoons and animation. Unlike most kids, he actually realized his dream of building a life-size, working robot. He told the Daily Mail:
"If I realize my dream, I'll have no regrets in life."
The cost of realizing that dream? About 18 months, $50,000, and a lot of discouragement from people that thought he was being weird and unrealistic.
"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."
Mark1 is an extremely impressive feat of technology. About 70% of her body was created using a 3D printer, including her entire skeleton, which protects the mechanics inside and gives her a human shape. She can move her arms, legs and fingers, and even smile and wink. Ma also programmed Robo ScarJo to speak.
When he tells her she's very beautiful, she responds "Hehe, thank you." But Robo ScarJo does more than just flirt.
When Ricky Ma asks Mark1 what she thinks about the future, he programmed her to respond:
"I think robotics is a new manufacturing and it can help people to do some high risk work and go to top of the mountain and deep ocean to realize our world adventure."
Check out this video from the Daily Mail of Ricky Ma and his creation:
What do you think of Mark1/Robo ScarJo?
Source: Daily Mail