Chinese scientists test a newly-invented female robot in a laboratory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, Aug. 4, 2006. The unnamed robot’s inventers claim she is equipped with cutting-edge technology in human-robot interaction and can respond to human voices. Costing 300,000 Yuan (US$ 37,500) to develop, the robot has been programmed to speak the Sichuan dialect because she will be sent to the Sichuan Science Museum to act as a receptionist and tour guide. The designers hope to sell the robots next year to customers such as hotels and entertainment outlets, according to the Xinhua news agency. [AP]
She has subsequently been named ‘Rong Cheng’.