Robo-one dance competition

This year at the creepy robot dace-a-thon, also known as the Robo-one dance competition, we get to see the creepy brought to new levels. We thought the Lou Vega decapitated head bot was creepy, but somehow these people managed to make a biped out creep a hexapod. Watch above as this uncanny valley resident tries to shimmy into your heart. We really are impressed by these bots though. The world of robot dancing has come a long way, those little servo bags are doing a better job than us on the dance floor.

Comments

  1. CabooseLoL says:

    Song: Love & Joy
    Artist: Yuki Kimura

    Is it strange that I actually know that?

    Anyways, yeah this has to be the creepiest things I’ve seen today…

  2. Davse Bamse says:

    They do the robot! :-)

    That is awesome.. and yet kind of freaky!

  3. sellout says:

    The icing on the cake is the pair of purple Crocs that it’s wearing. What a great hack for keeping your android assassin’s footsteps silent.

  4. tom says:

    Here I was, a couple of days ago, thinking the breakdancing robot was creepy and obnoxiuous.

    But this is bringing creepyness to a whole new level. What the hell is wrong with these people dressing the biped as a Hentai schoolgirl? Hentai translates to ‘abnormality’ or ‘perversion’ which is the category I would put this in.

    Don’t get me wrong I love robotics but this video leaves me with a disturbed image of where this is heading.

  5. Nemo says:

    I have never seen a robot that mobile before. Very creepy, but makes you think of how long it will be before we will have robots as powerful humans.

  6. Yay! Another step towards sexbots. Soon we won’t need women.

  7. tom says:

    I wouldn’t say it’s that ‘mobile’ since it’s hardly moving within a few square feet. Looking at the upper legs there can’t be that much ground-clearance when it lift’s a foot. Of the few steps it did actually take it had to be supported twice by it’s creator.

    Maybe the biped is made unstable by design, disabling the sexbot from running off.

  8. Punkguyta says:

    I’d have to say this is a bit odd… Not only that, I don’t understand who actually can find this impressive. I’ve seen robots/robotic arms that have a hell of a lot more mobility and fluid-ness to their movement.

    This is just some crap Japanese team trying to be another group of people who made as Caleb put it “a bag of servos”.

    Ridiculous and I personally think a waste of servos, metal, time, and money.

  9. Jo says:

    @Davse Bamse:
    Actually getting one to do the robot properly would probably be quite impressive :D

    @tom:
    Not all that far from normal schoolgirl outfits here, but i see what you’re getting at :P

  10. BIOS says:

    I think its a cool concept, but we have already seen robots do way more amazing things, needs more industrial line dancing.

  11. Alan says:

    Why does that man keep inappropriately touching her?

  12. Vonskippy says:

    I’ve seen hamsters dance better. What a waste of time (both making that stupid bot and me watching 4+ minutes of the thing waving it arms like Timmy in Southpark).

  13. The Manatee Militia says:

    I like how people will willfully sit through several minutes of a video and then afterward blame somebody else for wasting their time.

  14. Skitchin says:

    In my mind, this proves the uncanny valley hypothesis. Not to mention, that robot didn’t have a chance with the beautiful announcer lady standing behind her.

  15. tom says:

    @ Skitchin : Are you referring to that second generation sexbot?

  16. Scott says:

    Does not have shit on dancing santa

  17. rakugo bob says:

    Help, I’ve fallen into the “uncanny valley” and I can’t get up.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valley

  18. napalm says:

    This is the most disturbing thing I’ve seen today.

  19. CH says:

    @The Manatee Militia
    Maybe because it’s not possible to know something is a waste of time until it’s been seen, unless you imply all video is a waste of time. Also, how do you know they watched it all?

  20. altek says:

    best part of the video was the presenter in the background rolling her eyes and trying not to watch lol

  21. David says:

    I would have thought that Hack A Day readers would be able to suppress the uncanny valley repulsion, but I guess not. Personally, I found nothing particularly creepy about the video. You have to look at it from a technological view, not as a dancing young girl. I find the dance to be very impressive.

    That being said, the baby in Tin Toy was totally creepy.

  22. Mike says:

    Where’s the robot you’re talking about? All I see is some Japanese guy trying to dance…

  23. g_had7 says:

    Not bad, what about this one?

    http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1925244

  24. hallamasch says:

    Looks like the guy is remote controlling her.
    Acctually pretty cool, if you ask me.

    I would like to see there technical implementation of the feet (balancing)

  25. walt says:

    of all the cool things robots can do, why do humans insist on dressing them up in stupid outfits and making them dance? ridiculous!

  26. daler says:

    I realize these “bots” are RC, but the dance fighting is cool, none the less:

    Also. this:

  27. tt says:

    But no doubt that all these are good to thermite them! ;)

  28. bhartley says:

    You can tell the presenter is having a tough time keeping up that smile.

    I wonder when a uncanny valley sexbot fetish will show up.

  29. markii says:

    do the robot, do the robot…

  30. markii says:

    oh, “doing the robot” can now have a totally different meaning :)

  31. uldics says:

    Quite annoying is the camera operator, only showing the top of the robot, not the legs. Wake up, there will be no emotions, thats just a puppethead!

  32. xingped says:

    I don’t know why everyone is so creeped out by this. It’s a good song imo, very catchy. Obviously sexbots are one possible future iteration of this technology, but that’s gonna happen whether we have robot dance-offs or not. Honestly, I’m exceedingly happy they have robot dance-offs. It’s exploring the field of robotic locomotion more and more. If advancing the field means robot dance competitions to generate interest then so be it. It’s not creepy people. Seriously, get over yourselves and look behind the robot dressed in the schoolgirl’s uniform and recognize the scientific and engineering benefits that come from this.

    FOR SCIENCE!

  33. Steve C. says:

    creepy is a understatement…. any and every thought I ever had and might have had about a robotic woman is now gone…

  34. shail says:

    Twitter has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army (Developing)
    http://bit.ly/5CChGg

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