Monday, June 06, 2005

Dance Dance Revolution?

After six years of research, a new age is finally upon us thanks to Kazuhiro Kosuge and his team at the Department of Bioengineering and Robotics at Tohoku University. Designed to address the looming shortage of dance partners, the Pertner Ballroom Dance Robot at 5 feet 6 inchaes and 220 pounds is light on her feet. Designed to respond to her partners movements and capable of moving in any direction on her three wheels, the robot was given a decidedly artifical exterior of shiny blue or red and mickey mouse ears to make sure there was no confusion with the real thing.