Inside the ‘Westworld’-style factory producing humanoid robots

A world leader in lifelike humanoid robots has opened its doors for a rare look at its droid creation process.

Engineered Arts is a company in Cornwall, UK, whose bots have been shipped all over the world for entertainment, information, education, and research.

They include the stunning Mesmer: a Westworld-style robot that’s designed to closely mimic human anatomy.

The bio-mechanical machine – complete with artificial skin and a neck with vertebrae that curl and twist – boasts cutting-edge animatronics, freeing it to move like a human.

These droids are built using the company’s custom-made animation software and can be based on fictional or real-life people, with accuracy possible to the last pore or finest of hairs.

PENRYN, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Engineered Arts prosthetic expert Mike Humphrey checks on Fred a recently completed Mesmer robot that was built at the company's headquarters in Penryn on May 9, 2018 in Cornwall, England. Founded in 2004, the Cornish company operating from an industrial unit near Falmouth, is a world leader in life sized commercial available humanoid robots for entertainment, information, education and research. The company has successfully sold its the fully interactive and multilingual RoboThespian robot around the world to science centres, theme parks and visitor attractions, and also to academic and commercial research groups where they are used as research and development platforms. However, more recently the company has been building a range of lifelike bio-mechanical Mesmer robots. Built on the sensors and the extensive software framework already developed for RoboThespian, the Mesmer robots can offer some of the smartest animatronics on the market, giving extensive interaction but can also move very smoothly, quietly and naturally too. Developed using Engineered Arts own animation software 'Virtual Robot', Mesmer characters can be fictional, or faithful recreations of real-world people with accuracy possible to the last pore or finest of hairs.(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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“Every motor and sensor is an internet connected device, meaning they can be controlled, reprogrammed, animated and maintained from anywhere in the world,” says the company of its bot.

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The company’s headquarters are located near Falmouth on the coast of Cornwall in Southwest England.

Inside, engineers and specialists in robot prosthetics tinker away at the robots’ body parts, including mechanical legs, arms, and computer brains.

And the technical marvels have attracted some big-name clients including NASA, London’s Science Museum and the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw.

Engineered Arts other creations include RoboThespian: a multilingual robot that touts an “expressive range of movements and emotions”.

True to its name, the life-size bot has even starred in a play.

Then there’s the smaller SociBot, which boasts 40 different faces that are projected from its head and eyes that “follow you around the room”.

The two can be seen at museums, galleries, and theme parks – so maybe it’s just a matter of time before someone snaps them up for a real-life Westworld.

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