Dynamite, STAT!: A Robotic Dental Patient

July 1, 2011

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Seen here beckoning your wiener to an untimely dismemberment, robotic dental patient Showa Hanako 2 (Showa Hanako 1 here) opens wide for the camera. Now quick -- toss a stick of dynamite in there and duck behind the x-ray shield!

...this humanoid was originally developed last year as a tool for dentists looking to practice new procedures. Now, engineers at Japan's Showa University have updated their dental denizen, adding a motorized head and replacing her PVC skin with a more realistic silicon coating. She also boasts speech recognition capabilities and can execute freakishly natural movements, including blinking, sneezing, coughing and, under more unsavory circumstances, even choking.

So yeah, basically she's a sex robot flying under the radar as a dental patient. Nice try, Japan! Did I mention one time I chiseled a wisdom tooth out with a fork because I was convinced there was a piece of melted plastic stuck to it? 100% true story. Yes, I ate plastic.

Hit the jump for a video of little Miss Brushnfloss in action.

Hanako 2 robot acts like a human dental patient, makes us say 'aah' [engadget]

Thanks to Epithet and Brittany, who agree the dentist's office is no place for a lovedoll.

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