If you’ve ever fancied a cheeky day off work, and you weren’t sure how to get away with it, a Russian robot manufacturer might have just the answer.
A perfect android replica of you, that can stand in while you have a much-needed lie-in, can even speak in your voice.
Promobot, the company behind say that Android Robo-C has specially-developed artificial skin, with over 600 facial expressions, and can be made to look like anyone.
"Everyone will now be able to order a robot with any appearance—for professional or personal use," Aleksei Iuzhakov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Promobot, said in a statement.
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"Imagine a replica of Michael Jordan selling basketball uniforms and William Shakespeare reading his own texts in a museum?
"We can build a linguistic model based on popular phrases of a particular person—the robot will communicate and answer questions by analysing frequent expressions of the 'original' and using a certain context of knowledge of this person.”
The demonstration model of Robo-C is supposedly modelled on Iuzhakov, but bears a closer resemblance to a fire-damaged Toby Maguire.
Promobot co-founder Oleg Kivokurtsev, told Russian news agency TASS that Robo-V “is the first humanoid android in the world that not only mimics the human appearance, but is also able to integrate into business processes.
“We have already created one prototype,” he says, “and now we will release a series.”
The company is planning to build 10 of these robots per month "with any appearance, for home or professional use.”
One downside, if you're planning to use it as a decoy at work, is its internal battery will only run for 8 hours.
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The robot-maker plans to sell up to a thousand service robots across Europe by 2024.
Promobot aren’t above creating a publicity stunt to get press attention.
In 2016 they released a story that one of the robots in their factory was making repeated escape attempts, and earlier this year they claimed that one of their robots had been run over and “killed” by a Tesla self-driving car.
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