Day of the Androids at Hanson Robotics

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I got to spend some time at Hanson Robotics a while back, talking to David Hanson and his staff and shooting photos for Robot Magazine (see the Jul/Aug issue for more). My hope is that the photos will give you an idea what a typical day working at Hanson Robotics is like. The day I was there, everyone was preparing androids and other robots for an upcoming TED conference. In the photo above Bill Hicks is integrating an eye assembly into the head of Hanson’s newest android, known as Bina. Several other projects were underway at the same time, including preparation of a Zeno prototype and fabrication of a new mini Einstein toy robot.

To see the full set of photos visit my Hanson Robotics Gallery on flickr. Also, don’t forget to pick up the Jul/Aug issue of Robot Magazine at your local newstand if you haven’t already got it!

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David Hanson shows off the Frubber skin for Bina’s head
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Bill Hicks working on Bina’s facial actuators
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Loren Somen, the Director of Arts, works on a mold that will be used to make heads for small Albert Einstein robots (a prototype body is visible in the background).
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David Hanson describing one of his first 3D printed android skulls
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Kevin Carpenter, Director of Hardware Development, works on the Bina’s neck assembly
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Prototypes for the Zeno android
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Richard Margolin working on a Zeno prototype.
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Several Android head prototypes

These are just a few of the photos so be sure to check out the full Hanson Robotics gallery over on Flickr for wider shots of the lab, more photos of Zino, Einstein, and Bina androids, and lots of other cool stuff from my day at Hanson Robotics!

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