'Motoman' bot shows it's got rhythm

Four of them perform at ancient taiko drum festival in Japan.

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It's good to see that the Japanese haven't forgotten about cultural entertainment in their apparent quest for a human-free society . At least their robots haven't, anyway.

The recently unveiled "Motoman" was initially assigned to such mundane tasks as sorting mail , for example, but it's already showing that it's got rhythm too. Four of them, to be exact--two twin-armed models and two welding versions.

The robots displayed their prowess on the taiko drums at the Kokura Gion Daiko Festival, an event that Pink Tentacle says is almost 400 years old and is known for its competition in the traditional percussion. After viewing the eerie performance on the video below, we're not sure whether to be impressed or scared for our lives.

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