The Mark 1 robot is the brainchild of Ricky Ma, 42, who has been obsessed with androids all his life. After spending $50,000 (£35,000) and labouring for a year and a half on the balcony of his home, the robot is finally complete and Ma is looking for investors who would like to buy her.
Mark 1 features a 3D printed skeleton, and 70% of the body was made using 3D printing. Her skin is made from silicone, which wraps around and hides the mechanical and electronic interior of the robot to give her a human-like appearance.
The robot also features facial motors that enable her eyebrows and the "muscles" around her eyes to move, relax and tense. When spoken to, Mark 1 can react by moving motors to produce a convincing facial expression, such as raising her eyebrows in surprise and even winking.
The result is pretty impressive for a man who has no formal training in robotics or electrical engineering, and Ma says that he had to master complex skills like computer programming and electromagnetics, build accurate 3D models of all the parts that needed to be printed and figure out how to successfully fit the robot's skin over the components, with a time consuming trial-and-error method.
"I figured I should just do it when the timing is right and realise my dream. If I realise my dream, I will have no regrets in life. During this process, a lot of people would say things like, 'Are you stupid? This takes a lot of money. Do you even know how to do it? It's really hard," Ma told Reuters. "When you look at everything together, it was really difficult."