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by Sofia Villegas
17 April 2024
Scotland to host world’s ‘most advanced’ humanoid robot

The National Robotarium is the UK's centre for robotics and AI 2 | Alamy

Scotland to host world’s ‘most advanced’ humanoid robot

The National Robotarium has purchased the world’s "most advanced" humanoid robot to “demystify” robotics.

The Edinburgh-based site will be the first place in the UK to showcase the cutting-edge humanoid robot, named Ameca.

It will use the robot as part of its study on human-robot interactions, taking “public engagement to the next level,” Steve Maclaren, chief operating officer at The National Robotarium, said.

It is hoped this initiative will provide insights on the development of technologies that prioritise trust, transparency, and user-friendliness.

Maclaren added:

“The arrival of Ameca at the National Robotarium marks a significant step forward in our mission to make robotics more accessible and relatable to the people of Scotland, the UK and beyond.

“By giving people the chance to interact with this state-of-the-art humanoid robot firsthand, we aim to demystify robotics, foster trust in human-robot interaction, and showcase the remarkable potential of these technologies to improve our daily lives and benefit society as a whole.”

Developed by UK manufacturer Engineered Arts, Ameca can perform facial expressions and has embedded microphones, cameras, facial recognition software, and articulated motorised components which enable it to interact with people in a natural way.

Based at Heriot-Watt University, The National Robotarium hopes to make Edinburgh the data capital of Europe.

 The centre is part of the data-driven innovation initiative and it launched in 2022, with a combined fund of £22.4 from the UK Government and the Scottish Government.

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