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Japanese stagebot entertains, terrifies


It was only a matter of time. What started as harmless-but-creepy animatronic presidents and Disney characters has now vaulted into the realm of autonomous, albeit tiny, robot actors. While this particular Japanese performer lacks one key thespian ability -- namely, speech -- it can apparently put on a bitchin' dance routine, and hold its own on stage next to its carbon-based counterparts. Take a peek under that stylin' outfit, however, and you'll find a somewhat familiar-looking robo-skeleton: a Kondo KHR-1. Just clap politely at the end of the play and no one gets hurt.

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