lunedì, marzo 16th, 2009

Japan’s HRP-4C ‘fashion model robot’ unveiled, already harassed

da Engadget di Thomas Ricker

While that perv in the back is busy shooting HRP-4C’s firm buttocks
shaped from a glossy Stormtrooper alloy, the rest of us can marvel at
the fact that Japan has produced a walking, talking fashion robot.
Standing at just over 5-feet tall and 95-pounds, HRP-4C, developed by
Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and
Technology, will make its catwalk debut next week at the Tokyo fashion
show. The she-bot features 30 motors spread throughout its body with an
additional eight motors in its face for expressing general boredom and disgust with the help.
Its main purpose is entertainment and to attract crowds much like its
fleshy counterparts — so don’t expect home cooked meals and laundry
service should you take the $200,000 robot home. Unfortunately, HRP-4C
didn’t function as planned today. Reports say that the robot, "kept
looking surprised, opening its mouth and eyes in a stunned expression,
when the demonstrator had asked it to smile or look angry." Hmm, sounds
like a fully functional model-slash-actress to us.

[Via Straits Times]



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