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Man Creates Robot That Looks Exactly Like Scarlett Johansson

Ricky Ma
Product and graphic designer Ricky Ma, 42, poses with his life-size humanoid "Mark 1", modelled after a Hollywood star, at a balcony which serves as his workshop in his unit at a residential flat in Hong Kong, China March 31, 2016. Bobby Yip / Reuters

Double take! Hong Kong-based inventor and designer Ricky Ma created a lifelike robot that looks eerily identical to Scarlett Johansson.

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To make the Her actress’ robotic doppelgänger, the 42-year-old designer spent nearly $50,000 all told. Ma has named his creation Mark 1, which he says he modeled after a certain unnamed Hollywood star.

“When I started building it, I realized it would involve dynamics, electromechanics, and programming,” Ma told Reuters in an interview published last Friday, April 1. “I have never studied programming, how was I supposed to code?”

“Additionally, I needed to build 3D models for all the parts inside the robot,” he added. “Also, I had to make sure the robot’s external skin and its internal parts could fit together. When you look at everything together, it was really difficult.”

A life-size robot named “Mark 1”, modelled after a Hollywood star by product and graphic designer Ricky Ma, 42, is seen in Hong Kong, China March 31, 2016. Ma, a robot enthusiast, spent a year-and-a half and more than HK$400,000 ($51,000) to create the robot to fulfil his childhood dream. Bobby Yip / Reuters

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However, Ma’s hard work has paid off. His Johansson android is capable of moving her limbs, changing her facial expressions and she can even engage in conversation when spoken to through a microphone.

According to Reuters, when Mark 1 is told she is “so beautiful,” she responds by giving a slight smile and saying, “Hehe, thank you.” The outlet then goes on to explain that 70 percent of Robo ScarJo’s body was crafted using 3D-printing technology. Her mechanical skeleton lies beneath skin made out of silicone.

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For Ma, who “had to learn about fields completely new to him to develop” Mark 1, his final product is a major achievement. “I figured I should just do it when the timing is right and realize my dream,” he told Reuters. “If I realize my dream, I will have no regrets in life.” 

Scarlett Johansson attends the UK Film Premiere of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at Westfield London on March 20, 2014 in London, England. Dave M. Benett/WireImage

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