You just have to love engineers and scientists who fail to take themselves too seriously. The German-based technology company Tobit Software did this in high style with their exhibit of two pole-dancing robots and their DJ at the CeBIT Expo 2014 in Hanover, Germany. Named Tess and Lexy by their creators, these robots are not just a gimmick: they are actually for sale, for an asking price of $39,500 (we’re not sure whether or not that includes the pole). The robots can be controlled via computer or an Android smartphone.
Here they are in action:
In spite of the nice curves and sweet moves these robots come with, it is unlikely many people will sit and salivate in lust while gazing into Tess’s and Lexy’s multi-colored LEDs. Ultimately, though, that isn’t the point. The point is to have fun utilizing technology to do something off the wall for a change.
Tess and Lexy redefine our preconceived notions about the role robots will play in our future lives. It remains to be seen whether future robot activists will take offense at Tess and Lexy’s job and feel that it objectifies robots for cheap sex thrills.
So what do you think? Are these pole dancing robots cool or just plain weird?