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Exhibit: A brief history of Korean robots
Humanoids and babybots go on display at the Seoul Museum of History
Meet Mero the android, or “the job terminator,” as Time magazine called it in an article about the50 best inventions of 2010.
The one-year-old robot was initially developed as an “English-teaching robot” for Korean schools, with the potential to run foreign English teachers out of business.
One of the 12 robots on display in a mini-exhibition at the Seoul Museum of History, Mero is 65 centimeters tall, weighs 4 kilos and counts “care-giving for the elderly” and “telling jokes” among its many estimable qualifications.
Held in conjunction with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology, the Seoul Museum of History exhibit runs until January 15.
The exhibit places special focus on care-giving humanoids, ranging from Silbot, “Friend of Grandparents,” to the apron-clad Small Wonder-esque (remember that TV show about the robot daughter?) Mahru-M.
Of the robots on display, the Robokin has the best chance of making it into sci-fi horror movie.
Developed as an apparel displaying mannequin with movie star looks (one is modeled after film star Lee Jun-ki, another after actress Han Chae-ah, although the resemblance is minimal at best), Robokin looks more like a Madame Tussaud wax figure but can mimic your behavior after motion-capture processing.
Admission is free.
Seoul Museum of History, 2-1 Sinmun-ro 1 ga, Jongro-ku (종로구 신문로1가 2-1); +82 2 724 0114; www.museum.seoul.kr
Open Tuesday–Friday 9 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (November–February 9 a.m-6 p.m.) Closed Monday.
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