Real-Life Anthropomorphic Robot Looks Just Like Neill Blomkamp's Chappie

Thursday, 05 March 2015 - 1:54PM
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Thursday, 05 March 2015 - 1:54PM
Real-Life Anthropomorphic Robot Looks Just Like Neill Blomkamp's Chappie

Neill Blomkamp's Chappie may have been an incoherent mess overall, but the titular robot didn't disappoint. Now, Virginia Tech has developed THOR-OP (Tactical Hazardous Operations Robot), a humanoid robot who looks remarkably like the lovable Chappie:

 

 

In the video from Live Science, THOR-OP's creator details some of the similarities and differences between his robot and Chappie. In addition to their general resemblance, they both have a camera that approximates "eyes," they both use electric power, and they're both modular, and as a result can easily replace limbs if one of them is damaged. However, THOR-OP's battery only lasts for 30 minutes, while Chappie lasted for much longer, and most importantly, this robot presumably hasn't achieved sentience. When he says, "I am THOR-OP," he sounds a little like Chappie reaching self-awareness, but it's just programmed in.

 

Like Chappie, however, the robot is charming. He introduces himself as intended for disaster relief, and then says, "Don't be scared. I am here to help people and save the world. I am also the world champion in the autonomous robot soccer competition, Robocup."

 

However, THOR-OP is conspicuously missing Chappie's trademark cuteness. Luckily, the smaller robot later in the video, Darwin, has that adorability in spades. He's much more intelligent than THOR-OP, but looks much more like the titular robot from Earth to Echo than Chappie:

 

DARWIN:

Chappie

[Credit: Live Science]

 

Echo:

Chappie

[Credit: Relativity Media]

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