A humanoid robot is a robot with its overall appearance based on that of the human body.
In general humanoid robots have a torso with a head, two arms and two legs, although some forms of humanoid robots may model only part of the body, for example, from the waist up.
Some humanoid robots may also have a ‘face’, with ‘eyes’ and ‘mouth’.
Androids are humanoid robots built to resemble a male human, and Gynoids are humanoid robots built to resemble a human female.
Humanoid robots will likely make you do a double take. Mesmer robots can sense people’s body language, age and mood and react accordingly. They can even maintain eye contact.
Engineered Arts specializes in making robots for entertainment, education and research. Recently, the company made a Mesmer robot for Madame Tussauds wax museum in Shanghai. The Mesmer robots are priced on a case-by-case basis, but an earlier model, RoboThespian, costs more than $79,000.
The robot, described as “the world’s most dynamic humanoid” According to Boston Dynamics runs at a slow-but-steady pace over grass, up a slight incline to another field, and then stops in front of a log. Atlas steadies himself, bends his “knees,” raises his “arms” and nimbly hops over the log, landing without a wobble. It’s an impressive display — and so much like the actions of a person that it’s also a little unsettling.