This is not unholy a new subject but I was asked to cover this one by a friend and so here goes! Tara is an android, a robot who can be found by looking around on the general internet. The most often is a cut down clip of her singing “I feel fantastic”. Tara is a blond-haired an blue eyed female android and my friend asked me to look into the rumours and the information about her.

In advance I’d like to say I do not really find it all that creepy to watch her. I found Tara to be an interesting project, someone who is passionate about making robotics and used the internet to show off their work. The creator is John Bergeron and he posted Tara and other projects in the website androidworld.

Tara is a full-body project but on his original site he had a hand, which in my view, explains the building process on a smaller project size. The hand is mostly metal on the inside, it has a removable glove, made of synthetic rubber in order to try and create a fleshy look. The hand has DC motors and uses analogue chips and at the time of undertaking it I think it looked like a rather cool project. Videos of both Tara and his other two hand-styled robot projects that were all made available on VHS.

John Bergeron seems to have been a creative man on his side, he has since taken it down although its being geocities it’s pretty much a defunct server. At one point on the site he had offered up the purchase of a robotic voice for use to greet visitors for something like theme parks or reception type affairs. If you had a personal computer you should link this up and create the messages you wanted for your guests. The software program could be used to create an interactive experience for the guests and you could download a sample of the voice.

You could make an offer to buy the project too, there was no listed price but as someone who works in the bespoke product market this should not necessarily be seen as something unusual. However you would get the following things for the purchase:

  1. Robot you can use for display as the “greeter”, for indoor use only.

  2. Intelligent chat program.

  3. Tech Support to set up the software.

You would have collected this directly from Bergeron as it was a heavy set of equipment, and he was listed in the Vermont, USA area. To me this also goes to show you that Bergeron is an electronics type of gent with a vision that is nothing dissimilar to ChihiraAico by Toshiba. If you haven’t seen her before here is the relevant video:

 and yes I have deliberately picked the version of her singing, Creepy or cool? Same kind of scenario here.

So what about Tara and why is she on this blog? I think it helps to see what other information is out there, not to mention there is a Creepypasta so of course it’s already a bunch of fiction. As I said I don’t think that she is creepy, I think that she is an interesting project on a scientific level.

  1. Tara was made by a serial killer who dressed her in his victims clothing. The killer loved the noises his victims make, to the point of having her sing about it hence “I feel fantastic” and the shots of the gardens are of places his victims are buried. When the robot stopped singing the victim was dead or the cries were transformed into her singing (take your pick).

  2. The creator of Tara had put up that he was in the process of doing some upgrades and when he finished she killed him. The reason he went quiet is because Tara killed him and now she is out wandering around somewhere.

Well let us be fair both are wrong, John Bergeron is very much alive and has been contacted, and understandably refused to discuss the project with random strangers. I am sorry to say this to those people out there that have rang him, you are quite invasive to expect a man to take a call and just explain away what is obvious nonsense. If I am ever proven wrong well I will (if alive) redact that statement.

Tara’s listing can be found on www.androidworld.com/prod10.htm and explains that she was built for about $2,000 and is 5 Feet and 10 inches, she is described as anthropomorphic. It says that Tara cannot walk about, so how is she wandering amongst us now unless she’s had a very serious overhaul? She can also be found on a 15 minute long DVD with five songs on it.

You can purchase it on androidworld but I am not that big on the idea of buying it, I think for me a plushie of a BB8 robot is my limit on these types of matters.

There is zero proof that the creator is a serial killer, the clothes are most likely just ones he has brought for the purpose of cover over the androids body and if there was sufficient grounds for concern about it the police would have been involved. Most of this is utter speculation and fiction, the only truthful part I can find is the project of building her, the garden is probably just something on a VHS Video that was on there. VHS was not as easy to manipulate and clip as modern software…

To me this is just people using the android for a medium of scare factor, incorrect assumptions and in some cases just outright misinformation. So I hope that this helps you and if you can prove me wrong I’d like the actual evidence not just an extract from a creepypasta or listverse style click-bait.

Enjoy!

 

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