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Jun 30, 2011

Hanako 2 Robot Acts Like a Human Dental Patient, Makes us Say 'aah'

No, she's not in a state of shock, nor is she hunting for plankton -- she's simply waiting for the dentist to polish her pearly whites, just like any other conscientious robot. Known as the Showa Hanako 2, this humanoid was originally developed last year as a tool for dentists looking to practice new procedures. 

Now, engineers at Japan's Showa University have updated their dental denizen, adding a motorized head and replacing her PVC skin with a more realistic silicon coating. She also boasts speech recognition capabilities and can execute freakishly natural movements, including blinking, sneezing, coughing and, under more unsavory circumstances, even choking. 
 
 

19 comments:

weastside007 said...

Interesting.

snoobyy said...

thats suggestive...

Zombie said...

I can only imagine what else the japanese will make their robots do. lol.

Josh said...

That is a kind of weird thing for a robot to do

Travie said...

Yikes!

Jack of All Trades said...

Saw the picture, saw the word robot, and saw a Japanese name. Assumed the worst.

WOODLOUSE said...

Choking! Oh wow

Zach said...

That's so freaking creepy :S

Byakuya said...

Seriously, how far do they need to go to make up an excuse for a sex doll.

Not only that, what a waste of money =\

Major.Mack said...

gideeeup

Kamatacci said...

This is actually creepier than sexdolls

Atley said...

soooooooooooo creepy! do the teeth give feedback on the ammount of pain and stuff?

Jon Dujaka said...

Only in Japan

LadyS said...

Jesus christ, what CAN'T the japanese do;)

SHoTS said...

Robots are basically doing everything now.

MWfishe said...

I don't think I'd like my dental training robot to have real skin.

Shaw said...

Pretty creepy..

Electric Addict said...

lol robots everywhere!

Kate said...

Robots....robots everywhere...