I, for one, welcome our new robotic prom queen overlords

Show us some ankle, baby:

"Takahiro Takeda, postgraduate student of Japan's Tohoku Univ., dances with Partner Ballroom Dance Robot (PBDR) at a factory of Nomura Unison robotic venture company in Chino city, 200-km west of Toyko. The prototype dance partner robot, developped by Japan's Tohoku Univ Professor Kazuhiro Kosuge, enables them to move in all directions with three special wheels by predicting how its partner will mobe with a sensor."

And here's the upskirt shot:
"Robots on the market include a machine that looks like a machine dressed in bright colors programmed to converse in just enough small talk to stop the elderly from going senile and a doll that articulates the needs of a five-year-old boy.

In January, a Tokyo University engineer unveiled a humanoid that can shuffle its feet and wave its hands to preserve a traditional Japanese dance falling out of fashion among young people."

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26 Responses:

  1. carus_erus says:

    and a doll that articulates the needs of a five-year-old boy.

    As long as Japan doesn't give us the doll that articulates the needs of a 13 year old boy, because that would be awfully disturbing.

  2. azul_ros says:

    Yeah, that'll get those kids interested!! They'll learn that dance in no time!!!

  3. mark242 says:

    So this is the next generation of DDR.

  4. fantasygoat says:

    Let me know when they make one that can swing dance.

  5. scosol says:

    junk in the trunk!

  6. lars_larsen says:

    They should rename it "Toe Crusher".

  7. dossy says:

    Remix this with a Realdoll and you might just have yourself the perfect date.

  8. lherrera says:

    So, this is a "dear japanese people" post in the works.

  9. ninjarat says:

    Prom Queen Dalek

  10. wealhtheow says:

    Wow, it's just like at the end of Disney's Sleeping Beauty where the fairy godmothers keep changing the color of Sleeping Beauty's ballgown between blue and pink. Except it's a dancing robot.

    Speaking of Disney, what's with the Minnie Mouse ears?

  11. cranaic says:

    Soon young Japanese boys will begin "tuning" these with aftermarket parts and racing each other at horrific speeds in a post-apocalyptic radioactive wasteland.

  12. ewindisch says:

    Why does that second picture remind me of the photos I see of guys in the 60's and 70's showing off their mainframes?

  13. xenogram says:

    ... and here we can see again how some Japanese men take their fear of human woman to ridiculous extremes.

  14. fub says:

    a humanoid that can shuffle its feet and wave its hands to preserve a traditional Japanese dance falling out of fashion among young people.
    The Japanese build robots to dance -- so they don't have to. It makes sense, really: aren't robots supposed to do the work that humans don't want to do?