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Titan the Robot

Titan the Robot or Gitex the Robot, which I introduced to you last month, is actually an android physically and electronically manipulated from the inside by a human dancer.

There, the myth has been exposed (except for those who already knew it). At times, this seemed a bit obvious because of how natural the gestures were.

Titan measures 2.20 meters tall (7′ 3″) and weighs 47 kg.

It was created in 2004 by Cyberstein Robots, a British company. They have already created five different Titan versions, and for the sixth and seventh versions (MK6 and MK7), they plan to make the robot completely autonomous (no person driving it).

More info at: Robotx.co.uk, and at: Titantherobot.com

Titan the Robot on Youtube : youtube.com/TitanTheRobot

January 2010 in Bolton (England):

Presentation of Titan, the Robot that sings:

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11 Responses to “Titan the Robot is a robot … in costume”

  1. Ray Hollister

    Are you sure about that? The joints look much too small for a human to be inside of that (even C3PO had relatively large shoulders and knees), and it doesn’t seem to bend at the same places that a human would. Perhaps this is a remote robot, like PUSH at Disney?

    • Carlos Asmat

      It is a costume, we are fairly sure. The joints are very cleverly concealed though, which makes the beauty of the design

  2. marco aurelio simao

    Na verdade vcs estao errados. As primeiras versoes eram “trajes”, mas se vc acessar o site do fabricante (http://www.cyberstein.co.uk/) e ler a história do robo, verá que eles querem chegar em um robo android sem necessidade de controles, totalmente automono. No momento, o mais avançado, é controlado por um humano sim, mas de longe, com o cara utilizando um daqueles trajes que “mapeiam” oos movimentos do cara.

    vale a pena pesquisar antes de afirmar com “certeza” ;)

    • Carlos Asmat

      Using the broad definition of robots, Titan is a robot (since it has actuators and sensors that are used to interact with the real world). However the current state-of-the-art in robotics is not at the point where a robot can freely walk among people navigating and not stumbling. The description in the site does not contradict in any way that the operator could be actually inside the robot.

      In short, Titan is a robot, much like a real-life Iron Man suit would be a robot.

  3. Cameron

    It’s pretty obvious that it is operated by a person inside of it. You can see black tubes thick enough for the operator’s arms to go through, connecting the mid section to the fore arms. There is also a window in the center of the chest. All of the joints line up with that of a human, and gap between the legs is pretty out of proportion compared to the rest of the suit.

  4. Simon Blake

    Here’s how it breaks down:
    1. there IS a human in the suit. No autonomous or remotely operated robot that size would be capable of interacting safely with the public at close quarters. The walking about part is handled by the operator.
    2. the entire upper body section – head, shoulders, chest, arms, hands etc. – are worn on the operators shoulders. There is NO direct “puppetry” operation of the arms – the operators elbows must be by their sides to fit in the suit. The head and arms are entirely actuated, NOT just puppeted.
    3. the operator in the suit CAN select a predefined set of movements for the arms and head to perform, e.g. “walk ahead”, “sing ‘What a wonderful world’”, “do the ‘runnin’ away won’t save ya’ catchphrase”, “sing ‘Lady in Red’ to any suitably attired audience member”. If you see Titan perform more than once, you’ll notice the predictability and repeatability of these programmed routines.

    In summary, the lower section is a suit, the upper half is a very cool animatronic worn on the operator’s shoulders, they look out the mirrored chest plate and select what pre-programmed movements they want the robot to do. A large part of the illusion when you see it in person is the bowel-shatteringly loud and convincing sound effects coming from the little scooter he arrives on, synced with the movements.

  5. anon

    Simon is actually correct about a lot of the “robot,” but the part about the arms being entirely actuated is incorrect. Look carefully and you’ll see black corrugated tubes coming out the sides, right about where the upper arms would be if you use the mirrored chest piece as a guide to located the operator’s head. The human’s arm enters into the lower arm at the operator’s elbow, and the “robot” upper arm is merely attached to the lower arm in such a way that it moves around with the lower arm. This is a far, far more simple setup than actually making the arm movements fully robotic, and gives the operator much more control over movement. The positions where the human joints are are incredibly well hidden in very clever ways, which is really the most genius part of this costume’s design.

  6. Rue Stahl

    What do you mean someone is driving the robot? Does that mean someone is inside of the body or they are using a remote control thing?

  7. anon

    Thought this was a suit from the start, this doesn’t take away the fantastic enjoyment factor for the kids. Plus, I love to see Titan all the same, tramendous fun

  8. Anneke Jansen Van Vuuren

    Its remote controlled,believe me,its a scary thing to see

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