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10 Best Humanoid Robots In The World

1) Sophia

Sophia is a social humanoid robot developed by Hong Kong based company Hanson Robotics. Sophia was activated on February 14, 2016, and made its first public appearance at South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in mid-March 2016 in Austin, Texas, United States.It is able to display more than 50 facial expressions.

Sophia has been covered by media around the globe and has participated in many high-profile interviews. In October 2017, Sophia became the first robot to receive citizenship of any country. In November 2017, Sophia was named the United Nations Development Programme's first ever Innovation Champion, and is the first non-human to be given any United Nations title.


ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) is a humanoid robot created by Honda in 2000. It is currently displayed in the Miraikan museum in Tokyo, Japan. ASIMO has the ability to recognize moving objects, postures, gestures, its surrounding environment, sounds and faces, which enables it to interact with humans.

The robot can detect the movements of multiple objects by using visual information captured by two camera "eyes" in its head and also determine distance and direction. This feature allows ASIMO to follow or face a person when approached.

The robot interprets voice commands and human gestures, enabling it to recognize when a handshake is offered or when a person waves or points, and then respond accordingly. ASIMO's ability to distinguish between voices and other sounds allows it to identify its companions. ASIMO is able to respond to its name and recognizes sounds associated with a falling object or collision.

3) Atlas

Atlas is a bipedal humanoid robot primarily developed by the American robotics company Boston Dynamics, with funding and oversight from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The 1.8-meter (6 ft) robot is designed for a variety of search and rescue tasks, and was unveiled to the public on July 11, 2013.

Atlas is intended to aid emergency services in search and rescue operations, performing tasks such as shutting off valves, opening doors and operating powered equipment in environments where humans could not survive. The Department of Defense stated in 2013 that it had no interest in using the robot for offensive or defensive warfare.

4) Junko Chihira

Described as a trilingual android, Junko Chihira is a humanoid under development at Toshiba. Toshiba created a very realistic looking robot to work in a new tourist information center in japan.

The bot can speak Japanese, Chinese, and English and made her debut a few weeks ago in Aqua City Odaiba, visitors as they walk in. It respond with scripted, pre-set speech. But it gain speech recognition capabilities by 2017 so that it can respond to tourist's questions.

5) Nao

Nao is an autonomous, programmable humanoid robot developed by Aldebaran Robotics, a French robotics company headquartered in Paris, which was acquired by SoftBank Group in 2015 and rebranded as SoftBank Robotics.

By the end of 2014, over 5,000 Nao robots were in use with educational and research institutions in 70 countries. Nao is available as a research robot for schools, colleges and universities to teach programming and conduct research into human-robot interactions.

6) Actroid

Actroid is a type of android (humanoid robot) with strong visual human-likeness developed by Osaka University and manufactured by Kokoro Company Ltd. (the animatronics division of Sanrio). It was first unveiled at the 2003 International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan.

Several different versions of the product have been produced since then. In most cases, the robot's appearance has been modeled after an average young woman of Japanese descent. The Actroid can also imitate human-like behavior with slight shifts in position, head and eye movements and the appearance of breathing in its chest. The interactive Actroids can also communicate on a rudimentary level with humans by speaking.

7) OceanOne

OceanOne, a bimanual underwater humanoid robot with haptic feedback allows human pilots an unprecedented ability to explore the depths of the oceans in high fidelity. In collaboration with DRASSM, Ocean One embarked on the Andre Malraux to explore the wreck of La Lune, 100 meters below the Mediterranean.

Its pilot can communicate through hand gestures during complex tasks or scientific experiments. Ocean One looks something like a robo-mermaid. Roughly five feet long from end to end, it features stereoscopic vision, two fully articulated arms, and eight thrusters. Ocean One will become the physical avatar, allowing humans to dive virtually, putting the human out of harm's way.

8) Jia Jia

Jia Jia is china's first humanoid robot. it can hold a simple conversation and make specific facial expression when asked, and her creator believes the eerily life-like robot heralds a future of cyborg labour in china.

With flowing black hair and dressed in a traditional chinese dress, jia jia lookd strikingly real. She was able to accurately to answer a query about the day's weather, hold basic conversions and recognise the gender of her questioners.

9) Pepper

There could be nothing cooler than a robot that can read primary human emotions  such as anger, joy or sadness and ‘behave’ accordingly. No robot does it better than Pepper. It was  built by SoftBank Robotics to serve as humanoid companion who can communicate in a natural and intuitive manner.

Pepper can interpret one’s facial expressions, the tone of voice and other non-verbal cues, and respond appropriately. Equipped with numerous sensors and three multi-directional wheels, Pepper can swiftly swing into action to pleasantly interact and learn about people that it comes across.

 Due to this special ability, Pepper has seen employment in many areas that rely on interaction with clients such as in supermarkets, banks and in SoftBank stores itself. Pepper also uses the colour changing lights in its eyes and the tablet found on its torso. It can remember the faces and preferences of customers and make an order or choice the next time it interacts with the customer.

10) Petman

Protection Ensemble Test Mannequin or ‘Petman’ for short, is another creation by Boston Dynamics. It was funded by US Department of Defense’s Chemical and Biological Defense program,and was developed to test biological  and chemical suits for the US military.

The main use of Petman is to serve as a crash dummy of sorts to test the effect of chemical and biological agents on protective suits and help develop superior ones in the future that can be employed in the event of chemical or biological warfare. The surface of the robot has sensors that can detect a breach in the suit and can artificially perspire inside the suit.

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