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Man spends $50,000 to build a lifelike Scarlett Johansson robot

Updated 4 years ago
Published Apr 3rd, 2016 10:44AM EDT
Man Builds Scarlett Johansson Robot

Plenty of guys out there have the hots for Scarlett Johansson, but most of them haven’t taken their obsessions to a level that’s this unhealthy. brings us the story of Ricky Ma, a 42-year-old product designer from Hong Kong who spent $50,000 to create a creepily lifelike robot that looks like actress Scarlett Johansson.

Yes, this is real and it’s a wee bit disturbing.

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The robot isn’t yet an Austin Powers-level fembot that can operate as a fully autonomously. Nonetheless, it can respond to questions and it does have the ability to show a limited number of emotional responses — when Ma tells the robot that it’s cute, for instance, it smiles and winks at him:

So, yeah.

Ma tells that he’s wanted to build his own robot ever since he was a kid and that he wasn’t intimidated by all the costs associated with building one. He used a 3D printer to create most of the robot’s skeleton, but the more challenging part for him was creating the robot’s software, as he had never once coded before. He nonetheless got the job done and it sounds like he couldn’t be happier about it.

“I figured I should just do it when the timing is right and realize my dream,” he explained to “If I realise my dream, I will have no regrets in life.”

Check out a video of the robot in action at this link.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.