Hanson robots at TED 2009
April 11, 2010, 2:47 pm
Filed under: robot news

At the 2009 TED, Hanson Robotics showed our collaboration with UCSD Machine Perception Lab (Javier Movellan, Marian Bartlett, Nick Butko, Jake Whitehill, Paul Ruvolo). This robot tracks faces and sound, percieves facial expressions, and mimics the facial expressions. Our belief is that understanding human expressions can help to model human empathy and enable machine empathy.


A look inside a robot
September 24, 2007, 8:02 am
Filed under: robot news

Hanson Robotics develops Human Kind robots that interact with the environment and people on innovative levels.

The following video gives an inside look into how art and science meet to create the amazing life like robots.

Hanson Robotics at Wired’s NextFest – Past and Present
September 13, 2007, 1:00 pm
Filed under: robot news

Zeno, Einstein, Joey, and Alpha M are all at Wired magazine’s NextFest this week. This is Zeno’s first time in public and he’s sure making a splash. Come by and take a look. We look forward to seeing you at the Los Angeles Convention Center September 13 – 16.

Until we have video from the show, here’s a look back at Hanson Robotics at NextFest2005:

Hanson Robotics at Wired’s NextFest – Unveiling Zeno
September 6, 2007, 8:42 am
Filed under: innovations, robot news, robots, technology, wired nextfest, zeno

zenoPC Magazine declares Zeno Could Be Next Robot Boy Wonder!”

Zeno’s unveiling at Wired’s NextFest is causing quite a buzz, and it’s easy to see why!

You can visit the Zeno web site www.zenosworld.com (editor’s note: the site’s URL isn’t live yet, but should be available in time for Wired’s NextFest) to see the first videos of Hanson’s latest creation: a 17-inch-tall, 4.5-pound humanoid robot boy named Zeno. The prototype, which will have a formal unveiling at Wired Nextfest in California next week, is described as an intelligent “conversational robot” and will ultimately be part of Hanson’s “Robokind” line of personal, interactive bots.

Wired’s NextFest 2007 takes place Thursday, September 13th through Sunday, September 16th, and is described as:

WIRED NextFest Overview

Experience the Future

WIRED’s vision of a new World’s Fair, WIRED NextFest is a four-day festival of innovative products and technologies that are transforming our world. This year’s NextFest in Los Angeles features more than 160 interactive exhibits from leading scientists and researchers around the world. Experience the future of communication, design, entertainment, exploration, health, play, robots, transportation, security, and green living. Visitors of all ages are welcome.

Zeno hopes to see you there!

Hanson Robotics – Conversational Character Robots
September 3, 2007, 8:26 am
Filed under: innovations, robot news, robots, technology

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Hanson’s character robots captivate people with the world’s best robotic facial expressions and amazing conversational capabilities attained through artificial intelligence (AI) software and patented materials and mechanical innovations. These robots actually see your face, make eye contact with you, and understand speech to engage you in witty dialogue. These breakthrough technologies in artificial intelligence and humanlike gestures create the impression that the robots are truly aware and caring.

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This may seem like the stuff of dreams, but Hanson makes this technology available today! Our robots are ready to serve in retail, tradeshows, restaurants, themeparks, fine arts, research robotics, and even consumer products.

Call us about your custom needs! We can portray anyone, from cartoon characters to historical figures, as demonstrated with our famous Albert Einstein robot, featured on the cover of WIRED Magazine, and on Good Morning America (Nov. 2006). Hanson’s award-winning robots are world renowned, both in academia and popular culture, with media attention including CNN, BBC, MSNBC, Discovery Channel, USA today, New York Times, Business Week, Popular Science, and many more. Everywhere Hanson’s robotic characters are shown, huge crowds gather to interact with them. Quite simply, these robots blow people’s mind.

The Hanson Difference

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Our patented Frubber material enables the most lifelike robotic facial expressions in the world, while using only 1/20th the power of previous rubber materials. This allows our robots to run on small batteries, and to be the first and only fully expressive walking robots in history. Meanwhile our Character Engine software controls the robotic gestures with the grace of high-end computer animation, even during a natural conversation with people, and can simulate any personality.

In short, Hanson Robotics transmutes robotics into a revolutionary form of character animation, realizing the living, intelligent character. Contact us today to see how our patented technologies can help to distinguish you from the masses.

Hello world!
August 31, 2007, 6:01 am
Filed under: robot news, video

To launch our new blog, a video that shows a bit of what HansonRobotics is all about.

Curiosity piqued? Visit our website at HansonRobotics.com to learn more.

And be sure to leave us comments, we’d love to hear what you think!