Wednesday, December 16, 2009 3:43 AM cstanton

Creepy Robot Twins Sold In Japan

Sogo and Seibu department stores in Japan have announced that they will be selling two scarily realistic humanoid "clone" robots that will be fashioned meticulously after the person that purchased them.

Orders will be taken from January 1st through the 3rd of the upcoming year at Sogo, Seibu, and Robinson's department stores in Japan.

Hiroshi Ishiguro, director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka
University who developed the humanoid robots with Kokoro, stands next to his
likenessthat he calls Geminoid

The robots are engineered by the Kokoro robotics firm and will have every facial feature down to the eye lashes modeled after the purchaser. The facial expressions and upper body movements will also be examined and replicated down to the smallest possible detail.

Kokoro is most famous for their extremely creepy Actroid receptionist robot [below], that loves the color green.

Two doesn't seem like a whole lot, but they put a pricetag on the bots that will probably scare off the average buyer. The Robots will cost 21,100,000 yen, which would cash out to about 223,000 USD.

If more than 2 people sign to purchase the robots, then the winners will be selected in a random drawing.


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