Kissing Robots


(Youtube Direktlove, via Botropolis)

Das hier sind Christine und Thomas, das Phantom: Zwei sich küssende Roboter. Ich hatte mir ja das mit dem Robot-Sex etwas anders vorgestellt, so mehr auf so eine intertechnologische Art (Ihr wisst schon, Menschen und Robots), aber hey, Roboter dürfen natürlich auch miteinander und dass sie auf Vorspiel stehen finde ich irgendwie hervorragend. Get it on!

The first kiss happened back on 27 December 2008, during a robotic performance of several scenes of Phantom of the Opera at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (known as Taiwan Tech). Chyi-Yeu Lin, a mechanical engineering professor, directed the performance in front of a packed house of about 400. The overcrowded auditorium burst out in a resounding cheer when Christine (played by Janet) and the Phantom (played by Thomas) kissed.

Lin’s team spent three years developing the autonomous robots hand-eye coordination, intrinsic self-balancing mechanisms, and other technologies. He says that most of the movements during a scene are programmed into the robot ahead of time.

Thomas and Janet: first kissing humanoid robots (via Botropolis)