The Straits Times
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Published on Aug 27, 2012
 
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Tokyo robot dancing to Lady Gaga music draws crowds at cabaret

 
 

TOKYO (REUTERS) - In a restaurant down an alley in one of Tokyo's best-known red light districts, four massive female robots wink and wave as they lumber to the beat of traditional Japanese drums and a Lady Gaga dance tune.

It's show time at the Robot Restaurant, a new and high-tech take on the city's decades-old cabaret scene that puts a friendly, if unusual, face on the robot technology in which Japan is a world leader.

More than half the world's industrial robots are used here, but the featured performers at the brand-new venue, which owners say cost 10 billion yen (S$158.9 million) and took three years to build, are 3.6m-high, custom-made female robots with facial features controlled by the club's women dancers.

The lower half of each robot resembles the iconic Japanese character Gundam on wheels, while its curvaceous human-like upper body is clad in a futuristic gladiator outfit.