Whether at Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida or in the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, visitors like to converse with the humanoid robot RoboThespian. It approaches them directly and does so with movements that look quite natural. All this is made possible by the latest technology from Festo, such as the fluidic muscle and piezo valves. The 1.75-metre-tall humanoid weighing 33 kilograms was developed by Engineered Arts Limited in the English town of Penryn in Cornwall.
Depending on the programming and the technical equipment, the RoboThespian can actively talk with someone else. His name says it all as ‘Thespian’ is an old English word for an actor. The clever robot speaks several languages and recognizes faces and gestures.
If you say certain key words, it starts with readily defined reactions. It can also use search engines and access information on the Internet independently to give exact answers and advice. If it is controlled by people via a wireless headset and tablet, it can even address visitors individually. There are currently more than 60 of these robots worldwide, mainly in museums, universities or permanent displays, where they delight visitors.