Robot to take starring roles in S.Korea plays

Feb 10, 2010
This photo released by the state-run Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) shows South Korea's android robot "EveR-3" (Eve Robot 3) wearing a costume for the play "Robot Princess and Seven Dwarfs" in Seoul. The lifelike EveR-3 is 157 centimetres (five feet, two inches) tall, can communicate in Korean and English.

A South Korean-developed robot that played to acclaim in "Robot Princess and the Seven Dwarfs" is set for more leading theatre roles this year, a scientist said Wednesday.

EveR-3 (Eve Robot 3) starred in various dramas last year including the government-funded "Dwarfs" which attracted a full house, said Lee Ho-Gil, of the state-run Korea Institute of Industrial Technology.

The lifelike EveR-3 is 157 centimetres (five feet, two inches) tall, can communicate in Korean and English, and can express a total of 16 -- without ever forgetting her lines.

Lee acknowledged that robot actresses find it hard to express the full gamut of emotions and also tend to bump into props and fellow (human) actors.

But he said a thespian android was useful in promoting the cutting-edge industry.

" is an active frontier in developing robots and we thought that making it would be a good way to promote our technology," Lee told AFP.

And just as visitors to New York flock to Broadway, tourists in Seoul may be drawn by a robot actress, he said. "We will try more plays this year with help from the National Theatre and the government."

Robots in future could also play a role as stagehands controlling music and lighting, Lee said.

South Korea has in addition developed a maid, a robotic penguin, koala and rabbit, and a variety of other models.

In 2007 a named Tiro was master of ceremonies at the wedding of one of its designers.

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not rated yet Feb 11, 2010
Human lookalike robots are coming nicely. The evolution in robottechnology is stunning! The difference between humans and robots coming closer every day.
not rated yet Feb 24, 2010
I just thought we'd be more advanced in robotics by now. We are making progress, but it's taking awhile. I think things will really pick up in the 2020s (with exponential advances and all), but right now ... this looks about as real as the "Pirates of the Caribbean" or Lincoln at Disney (and those have been around for decades).

I just hate doing the dishes or laundry or even driving. It would be nice to get a robot to do these menial tasks so that we can concentrate on other more important things ... like sleeping ;)