The Most Realistic Robotic Ass Ever Made

In the never-ending quest to bridge the uncanny valley, Japanese scientists have turned to one area of research that has, so far, gone ignored: the robotic ass.

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Built by Nobuhiro Takahashi and a team at the Tokyo University of Electro-Communications, this is Shiri. Shiri, of course, means buttocks in Japanese, and the researchers claim that it "represents emotions with visual and tactual transformation of the muscles". Right.

While that might not be the most convincing statement you've ever read, the video certainly delivers: this is one mighty realistic ass.

The moves and twitches are made possible by a system of inflatable air bags, and the researchers believe that a user may even feel a simulated sense of fear when they trigger its twitch. Which is, obviously, demonstrated by good, firm buttock slap. Thank you, Nobuhiro. Thank you so, so much. [Shiri via Reg Hardware and Kotaku]

DISCUSSION

bridgesfolly
bridgesfolly

I'm refusing to watch the video because my boss may walk by and wonder why I'm looking at a giant, realistic, rubber butt. However, I'm curious, why did they make it. To what purpose? Unless someone was in a horrible accident and needs their butt replaced I don't really understand the usefulness of this strange and disturbing creation.