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article imageOp-Ed: Gluteus maximus actuator responds to slaps and carresses

Okay, so it's made of silicone skin with a foam superstructure and has a pair of pneumatically activated muscles that can be inflated.
Because I'm a bit of a science buff, the msnbc.com news story about a robotic butt just naturally caught my eye - especially claims that the device simulates "subtle moods of the butt." Who knew butts felt moods anyway, and what delicate expressions - auditory notwithstanding - suggest such subtle mood changes?
Other questions immediately sprang to mind. For example, is there a dark skin model, does it inflate large enough to cover the mood of obese butts? Who wouldn't wonder about the purpose of a robotic butt that lacks the remainder of its torso?
To answer the bottom question first, according to the article, it turns out the moody posterior device that shudders, clenches, twitches and pulsates has no mission but to simulate butt moods.
While I might argue such moods originate from various other regions of the body and mind, robotic butt inventor Nobuhiro Takahashi of the University of Electro-Communications in Japan, is apparently an expert when it comes to butt think.
However, while the article alludes to similar devices devoted to training dentists and joint and bone surgeons, it claims the creators of this robotic butt don't seem to have had any practical considerations in mind at all. It's not a training aid or therapeutic device - just a twitching, quivering, hissing robotic butt. Takahashi's previous works include a machine that allows one to hug one's self and a remote kissing device.
The butt people who built the asinine robot called Shiri say it "represents emotions with visual and tactual transformation of the muscles." Furthermore, it is an attempt "to approach the creation of sensitive and subtle expression by a humanoid robot using organic constructs."
Okay then. That certainly clears the air.
Furthermore, the butt mood simulator folks ostensively chose the most expressive organ - the butt - to illustrate mood changes.
In any case, you may want to watch the gender-neutral butt twitch, clench and hiss in a private setting, or not. I'm confused, but then, I'm not the expert.
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