Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Real-life robot takes the stage in Japan

Thespians at Osaka University took the stage Tuesday for three performances in what has to be the world's first-ever play to feature an honest-to-goodness robot as one of the characters.

The robot is Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' Wakamaru, who, if you live in Japan, is also available for rent [Japanese only].

In the 20-minute production, Wakamaru plays a housekeeper robot who loses the will to work. (He probably got too used to the cushy life of making appearances and being a personal shopper.)

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