More Zeno news and pics

David Hanson has two little Zenos to care for these days. There’s his 18-month old son Zeno, who prattles and smiles as he bounds through his father’s cramped office.

Then there’s the robotic Zeno. It can’t speak or walk yet, but has blinking eyes that can track people and a face that captivates with a range of expressions.

At 17 inches tall and 6 pounds, the artificial Zeno is the culmination of five years of work by Hanson and a small group of engineers, designers and programmers at his company, Hanson Robotics.

They believe there’s an emerging business in the design and sale of lifelike robotic companions, or social robots. And they’ll be showing off the robot boy to students in grades 3-12 at the Wired NextFest technology conference Thursday in Los Angeles.

Hanson plans to make little Zenos available to consumers within the next three years for $200 to $300.

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One Response to “More Zeno news and pics”

  1. harryOne Says:

    The little guy actually looks a bit wicked, but tremendously cool. Too bad it won’t go on the market for another three years.

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