‘Dancing robot’ at Russian tech fair exposed as human in costume

‘Dancing robot’ at Russian tech fair exposed as human in costume

A "robot" that was lauded on Russian state television as an example of advanced technology has been ridiculed after social media users revealed it was a person dressed up in a plastic suit.

It should be noted that there were no official statements about Boris' being a real robot during the performance at the forum; it was used mainly for comic scenes and as part of the show. He then went on to dance to Skibidi by Little Big, which should be a punishable offence within itself because it's impossible to be a robot and do those loose hipped dance moves.

MBKh Media insisted that the event's organisers did not try to pass off the robot as real, despite it being described as such on state television.

So maybe you can't laugh too hard at the state Russian TV crew who apparently thought an actor in a robot suit was a genuine cybertonic marvel. Meet's costume "Robot Alyosha", - stated in the material.

In the report, the robot also appeared to speak in a metallic voice as lights flashed on its face in different colours, saying: "I'm good at maths but now I want to study art and musical composition".

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"Boris", shown off on Russia's PROJECT show, was described as "the most modern robot" - and actually engaged in real-time conversation with the hosts.

One anchor said the view of the robot could inspire Russian youth in their career decisions.

The robot suit has been tracked down to a company called Look Robots, which sells them for around £3,000. "The design and technical performance of this suit create the nearly complete illusion that this is a real robot, and everyone will want a selfie with it", the manufacturer claims.

Footage of the robot reportedly disappeared briefly from Russia-24's YouTube channel on Wednesday morning but it came back again a short while later.

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