See world’s first robot pop star!

Researchers in Japan have created a humanoid robot that performs pop songs and dances in sync with human dancers. Called the HRP-4C, she stands 5’2″ and is meant to represent a young girl. Her voice is created by a synthesized singing program based on recorded vocals by human singers. Watch her in concert below singing “Deatta Koro no Yō ni” and let us know what you think: [Poll=226]

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  1. silver • October 20, 2010 @ 11:42 AM

    Watch out, Biebs, the next flavour of the month is coming up behind you.

  2. Helen • October 20, 2010 @ 1:21 PM

    Lol Silver 🙂 I think this is pretty awesome technology-wise, but I’m in favour of a better name than HRP-4C.

  3. J.B. • October 20, 2010 @ 2:33 PM

    Motors need a bit more power to truly keep up with the dancers. Then they can start programming levels of enthusiasm into it.

  4. L1feless • October 20, 2010 @ 3:14 PM

    SO far so good. I think that is pretty neat. Although wouldn’t that be a bit creepy when the your dudes develop a crush….

  5. L1feless • October 20, 2010 @ 3:15 PM

    err young

  6. hmmm • October 20, 2010 @ 7:42 PM

    anyone else notice that her hands are way too big for the rest of her body?

  7. hank mccoy • October 20, 2010 @ 9:11 PM

    HRP-4C = herpes for children … needs a better name.

  8. Amanda • October 21, 2010 @ 7:43 AM

    She’s great, I would definitely like to see her perform again. I can’t wait until they have her sing English, and fine tune her voice so it sounds like one person singing clearly, instead of a bunch of people all mixed up into one. But I love it, and the song’s really catchy.

  9. JayMon • October 21, 2010 @ 9:51 AM

    It’s alright but Britney’s designers are way ahead of the Japanese.

  10. silver • October 21, 2010 @ 10:15 AM

    I agree with Helen that it is amazing technology-wise, but why would anyone want to watch a robot programmed to be a singer when you already have the real thing? The real talent (musically) is with the people who can sing and write the songs, not in a computer that tries to emulate it. Isn’t this taking the fraud of computerized voice adjustment already used for pop stars to a worse level? It is the ultimate (so far) of manufactured pop stars who are marketed on qualitites other than talent.

    Technological advancement — Yes. Artistic value — None.

  11. Jodie • October 21, 2010 @ 2:13 PM

    I think she should compete on America’s Got Talent. She reminds of a few child singers they’ve had on there. There was one who actually brought her own dancers.

  12. marilyn franklin • October 21, 2010 @ 5:29 PM

    I think she is absolutely amazing,she is so sweet
    and I would love to have her for my friend..she’s
    very pretty .What next ,it’s wonderful entertainment.
    Lets see more of her..(singing)..

  13. Jessica • October 21, 2010 @ 6:42 PM

    This reminds me of ‘A.I.’ or ‘I, Robot.’ Tech wise, it’s cool. Otherwise, plain creepy.

  14. Holly • October 22, 2010 @ 12:14 AM

    hmmm on October 20, 2010….

    YES! i thought the very same thing! also if they put some movement in them maybe it would be so obvious. At first I thought creepy but watching it…I don’t know if I’d pay to see it live but it would be neat to see if I got free ticket ; )

  15. Scott Summers • October 22, 2010 @ 9:18 AM

    once you strip away the novelty of this being a robot.. it’s really kind of sad to watch. The singing sounds like a chipmunk on speed – there is technology in place today that can produce much better vocals, and the dancing reminds of a special Olympics pep-rally.

  16. Christie • October 22, 2010 @ 2:59 PM

    Yeah, she does sound a little like the Chipmunks, lol. I think this is extremely entertaining though, and I love the ’60s-era dancers that are in sync with her moves. Her legs are weird though, maybe they could give her pants or make her legs look more real. Or maybe they did that so it would be clear she’s a robot.

  17. USAgent • October 25, 2010 @ 1:51 AM

    Yikes! I tells ya’… the Terminator future is not far off my friends! Beware!

  18. Christie • October 26, 2010 @ 4:13 PM

    Just googled for information on the song she’s singing and the first line is “My love is forever” in English! The rest is in Japanese, although, she repeats that line a few more times throughout the song. It’s really hard to tell it’s in English, if I hadn’t seen the lyrics written out, I wouldn’t believe it.

  19. Pepe Udon • November 6, 2010 @ 12:17 AM

    Ah yes, one step closer to Pleasure Bots. God bless you, Japanese perverts!

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