Meet Shiri, the Freakishly Realistic Robotic Buttocks
In the future, when our kidsâ€™ kids are studying the origins of cybernetic humans, they will learn that one of the first pieces of the anatomy to be invented was the butt. And they will learn that the first robot butt was named Shiri, and its creators wanted it to be happy.
Inventors at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo are responsible for this bulbous, quivering achievement. As strange as it sounds, Shiri (the â€œbuttocks humanoid robotâ€) may actually represent a big step forward in replicating physical human sensation (or, in the words of the inventor, it â€œexpresses various emotions with organic movements of the artificial musclesâ€). According to the University, the project is meant to â€œadvance the innovative use of robotic technology and its purpose,â€ and â€œto raise the argument as to what perceptions will be manifested in the minds of people who communicate with Shiri.â€