[ExI] stealth singularity
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Sun Jun 16 15:02:06 UTC 2019
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> Behalf Of Stuart LaForge
> Subject: Re: [ExI] stealth singularity
> Quoting Spike:
>> If we go with the notion of a wheelchair manikin for the elderly AD
>> patients, many of them are sight impaired. This means we don't need
>> to be very sophisticated with the facial-expression actuators at all.
>> We need a two-axis to bend and rotate the neck, a jaw actuator, an
>> eyebrow actuator and not a heck of a lot more. From the neck down it
>> is easy (assuming it doesn't have THAT capability.)
> There are two alternate ways to go with this. If you are going to
> try to mimic a human being, it should be as realistic as possible.
> If you simply want a robot companion, it could be a walking talking
> teddy bear or other obvious robot. But if you try for realism and
> fall short, you wind up in the uncanny valley and could easily creep
> grandma out...
> Stuart LaForge
> Oh good point Stuart and a path to success as a bonus.
> Plenty of the current very old might remember the old Howdy Doody
> show. We could easily rig
> 1) a Howdy Doody ventriloquist dummy (350 sheckels)
> 2) perhaps six of actuators (two rotational, four linear) (about
> 300 doubloons):
[. . .]
> We are safely on the other side of uncanny valley from us and still
> under 900 bucks worth of hardware. Now if we can create software
> that doesn't get too crazy sophisticated and get that (possibly
> tricky) six actuators assembly labor cost (down to an hour per
> unit?) we can perhaps still hit the magic 3 digit numbers, assuming
> high volume purchases on all components. Alternative, go with a
> four-actuator Howdy with only jaw, eyes in two axes and eyebrows,
> shoot for a two hundred guinea dummy.
Do we want a two foot dummy in a full-sized wheelchair for comic effect?
> I would think the total cost to manufacture needs to be well under
> 1k, so that the retail price is 1400-1500 range price point.
> Stuart you are a business guy, ja? Does this look like a feasible
> opportunity? It kinda does to me too.
Ja. I even have some potentially useful parts from a failed drone
start-up like lithium batteries and what not. Count me in. :-)
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