Philip K Dick Android in the New York Times

June 30, 2012

The New York Times ran a full page feature article about the Philip K Dick android on June 24, 2012.

“How to Build an Android” is the honest title of an earnest book, the first by David F. Dufty, a senior research officer at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It explains how a team of researchers at the University of Memphis collaborated in 2005 with an artist and robotics expert, David Hanson, to create what was then the most sophisticated android anywhere, a replica of the science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick.

The book about the android can be found here.


Direct Dimensions

January 28, 2010

The 3-D scanning company Direct Dimensions worked with Hanson Robotics on the Philip K Dick android, providing a three-dimensional model of the skull that could be used for manipulating the surface, and reproducing the skull in the exact form required.
They have extensive documentation of their involvment as well as some footage here.


Footage of PKD Robot at NextFest

May 28, 2009

Here is some footage that a NexFest visitor took of the Philip K Dick android in June 2005. This is probably the best footage we’ve seen of the android, in part because of Olney’s detailed explanation at the start: “in his books and movies there are really advanced robots that are just like people. So we thought it would be really cool to make art to make a robt. So that’s what it is, it’s an interactive sculpture.”
He continues to introduce the robot, and explains that it’s looking around, scanning the room for faces.