Buy your own robotic doppelganger


A Japanese department store is offering tech fanatics the chance to buy their own robotic doppelganger.

According to Pink Tentacle: “Department store operator Sogo & Seibu has announced plans to sell two humanoid robots custom-built to look like the people who purchase them.”

The robots will be made by Kokoro, a Japanese robotics firm, which will mirror the robot owner’s face, body, eyes and hair as well as his or her movements, facial expression and speech.

To order yourself a robotic twin, you have to visit one of Japan’s 28 Sogo, Seibu, or Robinson’s department stores between January 1 and 3. But expect a queue and disappointment, as only two mechanical doppelgangers are available and each will be priced at 20.1 million yen (£135,000). It may be for the best – anyone who’s ever watched a horror film knows how this will end…


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