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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]
Filed under: Artificial Intelligence, Creepy Robots, Girl Groups, Halloween Costumes, HRP-4C, HRP-4C Robot, J-Pop, Japan, K-Pop, Robots, Scarier Than Clowns, Scary Shit, Small Wonders, Technological Advances, Things That Make Our Skin Crawl
File this plant genetics masterpiece under: Kinda wrong and a little creepy, yet awesome:
(Okay, okay, it’s pretty romantic that farmer Hiroichi Kimura and his wife spent three years developing this fruit to symbolize their love for both farming and each other. But that’s mushy-gushy stuff, and we really do get all uncomfy when we start talking about mushy-gushy stuff.)
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:
Filed under: Actroid-DER2, Artificial Intelligence, Creepfest, Exotic Facial Expressions, Fembots, Japan, Leading a Normal Life, Robots, Small Wonders, Sunscreen, Trannies, TV Commercials, Weird Japanese Behavior
Things you didn’t know about asiandroid Julie Chen that were revealed last week on The Early Show’s “Positively Prom Week”:
1. The first prototype of the Chen-bot (released in 1987) had a different nose that was modified by Japanese engineers in the 90′s to appear less Asian and appeal to a broader clientele
2. The Chen-bot prototype was popular among its high-school peers in Queens, NY, who were unaware that there was a “Small Wonder” in their midst
3. The current model of the Chen-bot is not only programmed to host television shows and provide companionship for successful, older men who don’t have time for human relationships, it also functions as a beat-box:
To purchase your own beat-boxing Chen-bot, click here.