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Twendy-One Has Man-Crushing Arms But a Featherlight Touch

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Five feet tall, weighing in at 245 pounds, Twendy-One is all sensors and cybernetic muscle. Mechanical engineers at Waseda University in Japan developed the talking humanoid helper robot to be capable of lifting a handicapped person out of bed, but also handling a piece of toast or a straw without flattening them. The task took seven years, millions of dollars and, incidentally, 241 pressure sensors on each silicon (silicone?) hand. Twendy was named after his older sister Wendy, but unlike her he will likely hit the market by 2015, for $200,000 a piece. My plan is to buy five, pile them into a spaceship and teach them to play cricket with exploding balls. Got any better ideas? [Twendy-One via Reuters]

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kaisermachead
kaisermachead

They should've given it a few spikes here and there, paint it a dull bluish purple and have it say:

"I am Destructo! GRALJLAJFLJLJLJALJLFA!!!" *flailing arms*