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Will Robots Replace Live Runway Models?

Fashion and modeling isn’t just for paper pursuits. Today modeling is considered as one of the lucrative and thrilling professions. This is a field where educational qualities turn insignificant, while physical and personal qualities gain utmost importance. Youngsters, both male and female are constantly in pursuit of opportunities in this glamorous field. Now along with human beings, robots have entered the arena of catwalks. A new talking and walking female fashion robot which can also smile is to make a debut at a fashion show in Tokyo.

Humanoid Robot:

Researchers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan have come up with a ‘cybernetic human’ who can be a fashion model. The robot is designed to look like an average Japanese woman, weighing 95 pounds, 62.2 inches tall, with a petite silver and black body, small nose on the fair skinned face and has shoulder length black hair. Sharp eyebrows arch over the slightly oversized eyes. It, rather ‘she’ has a girlish look, and is currently code named as ‘HRP-4C’. Probably, it may get a cute name, when making its fashion debut!

During the demonstration, the robot walked out, and said “Hello” in a feminine voice. It closely resembles a woman in gait and behavior and can also interact with people using speech recognition. Idea of the robot was envisioned in 2006, and took three years of time to materialize. The main purpose of its creation is to utilize in the entertainment industry and in fashion shows.

Robots in the fashion world:

Plans are contemplated to debut the robot in the runway for a catwalk as a fashion model at the Tokyo Fashion Week. Its body parts are made precisely small enough, and with slim legs to give an appearance of a female model. It would be exciting to see a hot looking woman robot marching down on the ramp, and catch the eyes of android fans. The robot accomplished fairly well in posing for the cameras during the trail run. It also performed model actions like smiling appealingly, and luring the audience with its seductive poses, and sulky pouts. Mere enough qualifications for a top model!

But there are still some corrections to be made. It has sensors in its feet, but lacks adequate balance like a human. Its knees are permanently bent. Without face and other coverings, the robot is estimated to have a price tag of $2, 00,000. The complete robot will run up the budget like an expensive hot date whopping up $3 million USD. Designed as a fashion model, the robot commands a hefty price, much similar like her real life counterparts!

Japan is famous for its pioneering robotics industries in the world. Demands for robots are growing in Japan, to do household chores and take care of elderly people. This robot is specially designed for entertaining and not for doing house hold work. Will these robots bid goodbye to the skinny ramp models? Will models become extinct as the new fashion robot takes to catwalks in Japan? Robot aficionados’ will have to wait patiently until she shows up on the ramp and show how a three million dollar woman can perform better than live models.


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