Real Doll Robots Are Coming

The New York Times released a video in it Bits series featuring the Real Doll maker Matt McMullen and his operation in southern California. The video, made by Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper and Emma Cott, is masterfully made and presents McMullen, C.E.O. showing his latest attempts to make the dolls more realistic.

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Watch the segment here. My favorite part of this video is when a robotic doll head, placed on a table, separate from a body, is repeatedly projecting its tongue out of its mouth and then retracting it, while the robotic voiceover talks about the uncanny valley.

I visited this facility recently and got a tour of their operations. The team is surprisingly small, and the process was thrilling to witness.


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