Humanoid Robot “Sophia” will available for consumers to buy
Hanson Robotics first revealed its humanoid robot Sophia in 2016. The company accelerate production 4 robot models including Sophia for consumers to buy by the end of 2021.
Until now, Sophia was a very advanced piece of technology but Hanson robotics has other plans. According to the company, with the worldwide lockdown, humans are growing lonely and are craving social interaction.
These unprecedented circumstances will accelerate a relationship between humans and robots and will open new opportunities for the robotics industry.
According to founder and chief executive of Hanson Robotics, David Hanson.
The world of COVID-19 is going to need more and more automation to keep people safe. Sophia and Hanson’s robots are unique by being so human-like. That can be so useful during these times where people are terribly lonely and socially isolated.
The social robotics professor Johan Hoorn, whose research has included work with Sophia said that the technology is in infancy but he still believes that this is the right time to make robots available as consumer electronics. Hanson robotics is also planning on developing a robot called Grace for healthcare assistance by the end of 2021.
Experts believe that the sales of robots will hit a new high before the pandemic ends.