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David Hanson

Robotics engineer

Hanson Robotics, Dallas, Texas

The flexibility of David Hanson's Frubberâ„¢ (lifelike skin material) enables his Conversational Character Robots to more easily reflect human emotions. Character Robots can see people and understand speech, which allows them to simulate motives, will and emotions, engendering empathetic human interactions. The gallery featured one of Hanson's robots named Zeno. Designed to be a high-level toy, Zeno has the ability to learn, interpret data to recognize people, places and things as well as hold a conversation.