That’s the HRP-4C. Some kind of crazy Japanese robot. Sex robot, probably, considering the Japanese do everything they can to have sex with anything but each other.

Honestly, though, I can’t find a damn reason for them building this thing. They’ve been working on it for years, and so far they’ve taught it to walk like a model, and prance like a pop star.

Which considering both of those are completely pointless activities, gives credence to my sexbot theory.

Robots are a Big Thing in Japan. They’re so scared of dealing with an entire population of infirm elderly, they’re dumping hundreds of millions of dollars in an attempt to build a robot that can change out grandpa’s bedpan. And so far they’ve really only succeeded in doing things like the above. Oh, and building tech that lets people control robots with their brains. Which, admittedly, is kind of cool – and also really fucking scary.

It’s always amazed me that they can’t get robots to move right. In animation terms, there’s no ease-in/ease-out. The motion curves are essentially straight lines, and their platforms are so unstable they wobble like palsy case every time they finish a gesture. With just a little bit of¬†collaboration¬†from some one who understands how to make motion look good, they’d be able to fix a lot of the Uncanny Valley problems they are running into.

I’m rambling now.

One last look at the HRP-4C, showing us some of her its emotional range.

I mean, who doesn’t love that freaky, pore-less, super Muppet face?

Via Pink Tentacle