Promobot — the largest service robotics manufacturers in Northern and Eastern Europe — is offering $200,000 USD for an individual who is willing to forfeit the rights to their face and voice to spearhead the development of its next robot.
Since making its first steps in 2013, according to the Russian company’s website, it has reportedly been most recognized for its production of humanoid robots such as the “Android-Robo-C,” an ambitious project which allowed individuals to purchase a customizable robot that can emulate the appearance of anyone.
“Everyone will now be able to order a robot with any appearance—for professional or personal use,” said Aleksei Iuzhakov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Promobot, in a statement at the time, according to Newsweek.
Promobots Next Robot Launches in 2023
Now, Promobots’ next invention will be a product of their newest developments in technology with the intention of creating a humanoid robot assistant that will be readily available to work in hotels, shopping malls and other packed places.
With the help of a “kind and friendly” face, the next robot will be on its way as early as 2023. Newsweek also reports that the company disclosed gender will not be a defining factor in the selection process.
“Our company is developing technologies in the field of facial recognition, as well speech, autonomous navigation, artificial intelligence and other areas of robotics,” explained the company, per a press release, Newsweek reports. “Since 2019, we have been actively manufacturing and supplying humanoid robots to the market. Our new clients want to launch a large-scale project, and as for this, they need to license a new robot appearance to avoid legal delays.”
Applications For The Next Launch Are Now Closed
It seems as though Promobot will have no trouble finding a prized candidate.
As of this writing, due to an influx of applications, the robotics company is no longer accepting new applicants.
“The Promobot company wants to say thanks to everyone who responded to participation in the project. Today we have received over 20,000 applications and our client has decided to suspend the request collection. We want to say thanks to all participants,” according to an update on the Promobot website.