Rise of the real Cybermen: Nimble robots capable of opening a bottle, injecting someone or lifting 65 pounds will be unveiled for the first time as the devs insist they’re here to help ( not to take your job)
- Beomni 1.0 is expected to be unveiled in public for the first time this week
- Will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2022 in Las Vegas
- The robot is nimble enough to pick up salt but strong enough to lift 30 kg
As some of Doctor Who’s most fearsome foes, you’d expect the Cybermen to try to turn humans into an army of androids – not to help out in nursing homes and hospitals.
But thankfully, these sweet robots look like TV villains in appearance alone, having been created to fill shortages in understaffed sectors.
The high-tech invention, Beomni 1.0, is set to be unveiled in public for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show 2022 in Las Vegas this week.
He’s so agile he can pick up a pinch of salt, but he’s strong enough to lift up to 30 kg (4th 10 lb). While it is first remotely controlled by humans, its AI brain will eventually learn to perform tasks autonomously.
Beomni has already been tested at a Colorado hospice – where for three days he took temperatures, looked in the mouth with a tongue depressor and even danced with patients to cheer them up.
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The robot has hands with opposable thumbs that can perform delicate tasks, from opening a bottle cap to injecting a needle.
Mounted on four wheels, it is sturdy enough to move through sand, mud and snow. Its creators, Beyond Imagination, believe that Beomni will also be able to work in warehouses, pick fruit and perform dangerous tasks such as electrical repairs. The invention is the brainchild of American scientist Dr. Harry Kloor.
Being born with leg deformities and being told that he would have to use braces for the rest of his life, he dreamed as a young boy of inhabiting a robotic body.
Later, he overcame his physical problems to become a martial arts expert and would be the only person in the world to have obtained two doctorates simultaneously.
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Building robots that can do good has been his “life’s mission” since he was seven, he said. Dr Kloor, who has also advised Nasa, told the Daily Mail: “The concept that AI is going to take over the world and attack people is kind of silly.”
He also claimed that his creation could have helped during the pandemic.
“If we can instantly move human talent around the world by occupying a robot, there’s an unlimited number of things you can do,” he said.
“The world has lacked enough medical personnel throughout the Covid crisis. If my robots were distributed worldwide, we would have saved hundreds of thousands of lives or more, because rather than risk infection, doctors and nurses could be brought into the robot and treated.
Beomni should be on the market within the next two years. It currently costs around £110,000 but would drop to around £50,000 when it goes into mass production.
It is hoped that the robot can also prove useful in future space explorations and conduct experiments in microgravity, while researchers remain safe on the ground.
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