Any Synthetiks-related news, Davecat? (Oct 2006)

typed for your pleasure on 26 October 2006, at 3.02 pm

Sdtrk: ‘Spring hall convert’ by Deerhunter

Considering eight out of the past ten posts for October were Synthetiks-related, giving this post that title was completely arbitrary. Sometimes that happens! I cannot explain it.

Anyway, big round of applause for China, as they’ve just joined the Synthetiks Race in earnest. It’s like the Arms Race, only much better for humanity. Sexier, too.


heh heh, ‘Maiden China’.
Sorry, there was no call for that

Chinese Blond Female Humanoid Robot unveiled

China displayed their robots at a robot show in early October. One of the biggest highlights of the show were the highly human-like robots.

However it is yet a little bit too early to dub these human copies as robots since their actions and abilities are way too limited. For instance, the female humanoid above only sings and moves her lips a little (that too in a highly robotic manner).

The Chinese robot, nicknamed ‘Dion’ does score a point above the Japanese Actroid female robot with respect to the body precisions and stats (though I do wish they’d given her better tresses), but I yet do find the latter cuter and more convincing than the Chinese one.
the rest of the article is here. CAUTION: POP-UP FEST ’99

I’d actually spotted this gorgeous creature last night on Robot Watch, but there wasn’t a tremendous amount of info on her. More accurately, there probably was a paragraph describing her somewhere, but since I can read only about five to eight per cent of the Japanese language on a good day, I was kinda at sea… However, I did find a brief video of her; remind me, and I’ll post it next month.

I’m figuring the robotics community of China came to the realisation that Rong Cheng, nice as she is, can’t hold a candle to Japan’s Favourite Daughter in terms of sophistication; hence Dion. She certainly looks tasty — in the video, she’s wearing sandals, which of course brought a huge pervy smile to my face — but her facial and body movement are a little stilted. They’re still working on the R&D, I’m sure.
Whoever this group is, they clearly need more funding! We need China to produce more Synthetiks like Dion, and less like.. *cough* Chuka-cannon.

I’d agree with the article writer though — she could stand to have a better hairstyle. But y’know who she slightly resembles? 4woods’ Chris-type of the A.I.NEO Doll series.

Tell me I’m wrong

Technorati tags: Dion, Gynoid, Android, robot, Actroid, Rong Cheng, China, 4woods, A.I.NEO

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5 have spoken to “Any Synthetiks-related news, Davecat? (Oct 2006)”

  1. SafeTinspector writes:

    “respect to the body precisions and stats”
    What? What means he?

    I find it interesting that the Chinese female robot is apparently caucasian. Does this say something?

  2. Davecat writes:

    In the context of the whole sentence, basically it means Dion’s got a hotter little body. Which, going by the video, is absolutely true. 😉

    And about the Chinese Gynoid not really being very Chinese-looking, I’d chalk it up to the same mentality behind why anime characters by and large don’t look very Japanese.
    Osamu Tezuka, the ‘father of manga’, was responsible for such chestnuts as Astroboy, Metropolis, Black Jack, Kimba the White Lion, and many other anime and manga serials. When he was developing as an artist, he drew his style from both Max Fleischer and Walt Disney, and since his work was so influential on the anime and manga industry, his style — western-appearing characters with large eyes — was emulated by many artists and studios.
    Between that, and Asia willingly (?) adopting the whole concept of western beauty as being the ne plus ultra of beauty, you end up with cultures co-opting someone else’s idealised standard over their own.

    It says something, but I’m not quite sure what.

  3. SafeTinspector writes:

    Ironic, considering how Asian women figure so prominently in most Western male fantasies.

  4. Prion Indigo writes:

    So does that mean white women “figure so prominently” in the minds of Asian men? 😉

  5. Davecat writes:

    O, I’m sure! Just have a look at Dion and Chris above!

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