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
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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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