Boffins crack on with ultimate roboass
Japanese scientists have cracked one of robotics' untouched areas: they have unveiled a mechanical bum that not only look realistic - apparently - but tense, twitch and respond to touch in the same way a real rear would.
The Shiri - which means buttocks in Japanese - "represents emotions with visual and tactual transformation of the muscles", it says here.
Built by Nobuhiro Takahashi and a team at the Tokyo University of Electro-Communications, Shiri explores the connection between our emotions and the movements of out gluteus maxima. The boffins claim a user may even feel the fundament's fear when they trigger its twitch upon first contact.
Takahashi was previously known for his robotic kissing machine , which allowed users to tongue each other over the internet. Kinky.
Check Shiri out in all its glory:
It might not be the most attractive techno-tush out there, but just look at it move. Beyoncé, step aside. Er.... maybe not. ®