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Japan Revolutionizes The Girl Group

October 19th, 2010 | 10 comments | Posted by Jen

Watch your back, K-pop!

Although Japan’s been eating your dust for years in the girl group game, it’s recently produced quite possibly the most unforgettable pop sensation this world has ever seen.

Give it up for HRP-4C!

Unforgettable, in every way, but mostly in the skin-crawling, vertigo-inducing, scarier-than-clowns, make-it-stop way.

The upshot? She’d make for a terrific Halloween costume, especially if you hate trick-or-treaters, children in general, or, really, all people.

[via The Awl]

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This Robot Woks

April 14th, 2010 | 6 comments | Posted by Jen

Finally, a robot’s been invented that isn’t just an expensive (read: sad), cutting-edge (read: sad), and sad (read: pathetic) excuse for a blow-up doll.

Students at Yangzhou University and Shanghai Jiaotong University in China have come up with a fully-automated robot that can cook “600 classic Chinese dishes,” according to Popular Science. (Only from a civilization that’s been around for a gajillion years like China could you have 600 “classic” dishes.) All you have to do is pour in the ingredients and let it go to wok.

Here’s a demo from the 2009 version (begins at :30):

This is so much better than a sex robot. Actually, this may even be better than sex.

[via Neatorama]

[Popular Science: Student-Created Wok Robot Can Cook 600 Chinese Dishes]<--Look, Dad, I read a science journal!

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You May Be 95 Lbs., Robot Lady, But You’ve Got Wicked Man-Hands

March 16th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Japanese researchers unveiled the HRP-4C robot Monday, at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology outside Tokyo. Her creators, who have intended the robot to be used for entertainment purposes, said that her look is manga-inspired.

If we had made the robot too similar to a real human, it would have been uncanny,” said one of the inventors, humanoid research leader Shuji Kajita.

And by “uncanny,” we’re guessing they mean “pervy” and “ewww.”

One thing that’s realistic about the HRP-4C, who will walk in a fashion show later this month, is her weight. She tips the scales at 95 lbs., which is apparently the average weight of a Japanese woman.

Needless to say, we already HATE the skinny bitch.


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July 29th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: The Actroid-DER2

Hails from: Japan

Occupation: TV host and model robot

Why She’s a Babe: She walks, talks, and sells sunscreen (because even robots get sunburns, too). And, according to her maker Kokoro (a Sanrio company), she has “long legs,” a “bright smile,” and an astonishingly small face…capable of creating exotic facial expressions.” Despite her soft, feminine voice, we’re not entirely convinced that she’s a she, in which case, we applaud her bravery in trying to lead a normal life. Have a look for yourself:

[via CrunchGear]


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We, Along with Our Robot Armies, Are Taking Over Everything

April 8th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Reuters reported today on a thinktank (albeit one called the Machine Industry Memorial Foundation that has a vested interest in this sort of thing) recently estimating that robots could fill as many as 3.5 million jobs by the year 2025 in Japan. The story was accompanied by a photo of this robo-receptionist, who is currently working at Ben-Gurion University in Israel:

Which made me wonder how long we’re going to have to wait for someone to issue this model:

Thanks, Rob!

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