Mouth Robot Croaks a Nursery Rhyme, Provokes Nightmares

By Veronique Greenwood | July 14, 2011 11:43 am

Several years ago, researchers in (you guessed it) Japan put together a reasonable facsimile of the human vocal apparatus in an attempt to help hearing-impairing people learn to better modulate their voices. The details of how this process works can be perused here, but we’d just like to treat you to a trailer of this creepy little puppy in action, moaning the nursery rhyme “Kagome, Kagome,” before some major film studio options it for a B-grade horror flick. Titles, anyone?

(via PopSci)

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Technology Attacks!
MORE ABOUT: biomimicry, creepy, robots
  • Ravienne

    It looks more like a sex toy. I think it is a cool concept but this device is scary looking.

  • zbird

    Ravienne +1

  • Tanya McPositron

    Quite didgeridoo-esque…
    Two things:
    1. I’d like to hear it rap.
    2. I beg the makers to apply a light coat of lipstick.

  • Rob

    So that’s what happened to my fleshlight. I want it back!

  • Deray

    I think Sheldon Cooper is better at throat singing

    http://youtu.be/t-RsB4a4ogc

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