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Kokoro shows off its latest android Actroid F

Tokyo entertainment firm Kokoro shows off its latest fembot, Actroid F, in a PR video. The lifelike android is slated to go on sale to work as a receptionist or hospital worker.

By August 28, 2010

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Japan eyes sending humanoid robot into orbit

A bot may watch over sleeping astronauts orbiting Earth if Japan's space agency JAXA moves ahead with its plans for 2013.

By February 17, 2011

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Are inflatable robots more than just hot air?

The pneumatic Ant-Roach is great for giving kids a thrill. But now someone has to invent a giant bug swatter.

By November 27, 2011

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For sale: Your robot clone

Japan's Kokoro is offering absurdly vain people the chance to order their own android clone for just $225,000 apiece. Only two bots available, so act now!

By December 14, 2009

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RoboThespian tests its mettle as stand-up comic

Give it up for RoboThespian! The programmable bot takes the stage to crack jokes for humans -- and comes across a bit stiff.

By August 15, 2013

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Go on, you know you wanna smell this robot armpit

Kevin Grennan loves stinky machines. The London designer's armpit robot explores how smell can change the human-robot dynamic.

By June 29, 2011

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Fans surprised to learn Japanese pop idol isn't real

AKB48's Aimi Eguchi is sweet, pretty, and perfect for legions of Japanese otaku geeks. Too bad she's not real. But does it even matter?

By June 23, 2011

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Yikes! Diego the robot baby wants some love

Javier Movellan of UC San Diego is working on a pint-size robot that looks like a human baby. Yes, it's creepy, but science is being served.

By January 16, 2010

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Tokyo store's female android looking for love

Takashimaya has rolled out a Geminoid robot to greet shoppers for Valentine's Day. Will she find love?

By February 2, 2012

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Singing robot head could do duets with Chucky

Crooning robot head out of Taiwan can read music faster than the average human head, its creators say. It might be less terrifying if attached to a body, though.

By August 15, 2011