Researchers at Future University in Hakodate, Japan have either been spending way too much of their own time and money or have the best gig ever, recently unveiling a dancing robot squid they've created to to help celebrate an upcoming harbor festival. More specifically, the bot's supposed to be a cuttlefish, a fellow cephalopod native to the area that may or may not be able to bust a move, although its robot counterpart certainly can. Measuring about 2.2 meters (or 86 inches) tall, the cuttlefish bot uses air pressure to get its limbs into a groove and is apparently controllable via cellphone -- no doubt in order to keep a safe distance away from it. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until next August to see it in action, although that should give it plenty of time to perfect its routine.

[Via Plastic Bamboo]

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Japanese researchers create dancing cuttlefish robot