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JAPANESE INTRODUCE ROBOT MODEL

It’s no secret that an increasing number of jobs previously occupied by humans are now being done by robots or machines (think electronic check-outs at supermarkets). But can you ever imagine the day where supermodels will be replaced by robots? I can’t – and from the looks of the first attempt at developing a model robot I’m hoping it won’t come to that anytime in the near future.

Engadget ran an interesting article on a robot – the HRP-4C – produced by inventors in Japan at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. The model is described as a “walking, talking fashion robot.” The robot isn’t exactly model height however – standing upright it’s only 5-feet tall. The she-bot weighs in at 95-pounds and comes complete with 38 motors -30 in its body and 8 in its face. The price of the invention is $200,000 so at least we don’t have to worry about supermodels being out of work anytime soon.

The model robot will debut on the runway next at a Tokyo fashion show. However Engadget is reporting that as of yet the HRP-4C hasn’t been functioning as planned, saying that reports have noted 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.”

For a video check out the below –
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brD5D0ytD04&eurl=http://www.engadget.com/2009/03/16/japans-hrp-4c-fashion-model-robot-unveiled-already-harassed/