He can move, speak, educate, interact and entertain – and he’s a robot.
RoboThespian is a life-sized, humanoid, interactive robot who has just taken up residence at the W5 science and discovery centre in the Odyssey in Belfast.
On Thursday he was unveiled to the local press before he gets to work on Saturday as the newest member of the W5 team.
Made by Cornish-based company Engineered Arts Ltd, RoboThespian is the world’s first commercial robot that behaves like a person – and he has been used in academic research institutions around the world and visitor attractions such as NASA Space Centre in Florida.
Adrian Lutton, head of exhibitions, design and marketing at W5, said: “RoboThespian is primarily a robot actor and performer.
“He is fully interactive, user friendly, and capable of communicating and entertaining in a way that few people will have experienced before.
“This humanoid robot can be controlled by the visitor, via a touchscreen panel, and can sing, greet, inform, act and even do impressions.
“Visitors can choose from a wide range of pre-programmed performance sequences or can even control RoboThespian’s movement and voice to create performance pieces of their own.”
Will Jackson, founder and director of Engineered Arts Ltd, made his first robot when he was 12 years old.
“Now we make RoboThespian humanoid robots, each with individual personalities that are loved by people all over the world,” he said.
“We are delighted that the first RoboThespian to travel to the island of Ireland is joining the team at W5 and look forward to following his adventures.”