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Tiny molesting robot amazingly not made by the Japanese

By 05.18.12

There are new advances in robotics every day. Robots are becoming more complex, cheaper, and more helpful with every passing minutes. And also weirder. Meet Clothbot.

Even creepy or gross things like the fact that the Japanese just won’t stop making robotic body parts have their uses, because they’re usually a side effect of trying to make robots seem more human and react better to humans.

On the other hand, that doesn’t mean we want one of the little mechanical bastards climbing up our pants, but the Chinese seem to think that we do.

This was a robot designed from the ground up to be creepy. It slowly climbs your pants or the back of your shirt, using the folds in your clothing for purchase. Here, have a video!

The researchers have developed it for three purposes. One, to make a terrifying robotic pet no human being in their right mind would actually buy; two, to create a way to have cell phones be hands free while walking; and three…”body inspection.”

You know what, if we have to have a choice between a robot pinching its way toward our junk and a $16 an hour part-timer giving our balls a squeeze…crap, actually, that’s pretty much the same thing creepiness wise. We guess the moral of the story is that the Chinese are secretly pretty perverted.

Why does Clothbot Want to Climb Up Your Pants? [CNet]

About Dan Seitz... Dan Seitz is a semi-professional nerd (he'll have to code a homebrew game for the NES before he goes pro). He grew up fiddling with video game systems, computers, cameras, and other technology you should never hand to an eight-year-old if you want it back in pristine condition. Currently, he lives in Boston with his girlfriend, her cat, a Shih Tzu, and far too many objects with processors.
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