Robots have been singing for a minute. But the HRP-4C doesn't just sing, she performs. Watch her chirp the lyrics to her song, work the crowd, and shake her stuff in sync with her back up dancers. It's pretty amazing.
Japanese roboticists are trying to challenge Janelle Monae's monopoly on robotic pop stardom. The cutesy HRP-4C dancebot recently debuted at Tokyo's Digital Content Expo. Her choreography was a little stiff, but this robot was dancing totally untethered.
What would you spend $225,000 on? An animated android, styled after yourself? Starting in January the Japanese store Sogo & Seibu will begin taking pre-orders for these "Actroids." They may not walk, but they can move their upper bodies.
The HRP-4C robot was not programmed to please families like Asimo. Nor will she save/destroy humanity like a Terminator. Rather, she's taking the fashion world by storm as Tokyo's next top model. UPDATE VIDEO: