September 22, 2011 3:57 PM | By Jason Buckland, MSN Tech & Gadgets
10 of the world’s creepiest robots

Repliee Q1



Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University stands beside Repliee Q1expo during the Prototype Robot Exhibition at Aichi World Expo in Nagakute, central Japan, in this June 9, 2005 (© AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara, File)
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  • Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University stands beside Repliee Q1expo during the Prototype Robot Exhibition at Aichi World Expo in Nagakute, central Japan, in this June 9, 2005 (© AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara, File)
  • "Albert Hubo," a robot topped with a head modeled after Albert Einstein, welcomes delegates to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Busan, South Korea, in this Nov. 15, 2005, file photo (© AP Photo/David Guttenfelder/File)
  • The Child-Robot with Biomimetic Body, or CB2, looks at Shuhei Ikemoto, an Osaka University student, when its hand is clasped by him during a demonstration of the toddler robot at a lab of the university in Osaka, western Japan, Friday, June 8, 2007 (© AP Photo/Koji Ueda)
  • Dr. Paul Preston, rear left, gives instructions to student Anne Gersbach, foreground, and student Eric Lopez as they treat a pregnant robot patient which is simulating giving birth at Kaiser Permanente hospital in Vallejo, Calif., March 29, 2006. (© AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
  • A dentist demonstrates a training procedure, using the new humanoid robot named Hanako (© AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
  • QRIO, a "Small Biped Entertainment Robot" developed by Japanese electronics company Sony, prepares to kick a ball in demonstration of its abilities at a news conference in Bangkok on Monday, Aug. 2, 2004. (© AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
  • Scientists have developed a life-size robotic fly which defence experts plan to use in military surveillance operations. (© South West News Service / Rex Features)
  • Humanoid robot HRP-3 Promet Mk-II stands under a shower to show its new water-proof ability, June 26, 2007 (© AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
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The more advanced engineers get with robotics, the more complex the gears and pistons and rods and sensors get, the more we seem to want to slap human skin on the outside. Meet Repliee Q1: she's a pleasant Japanese woman, adorned in slacks and casual salmon blazer. And look, she's even extending her hand to shake yours. Seems lovely, until you remember Repliee Q1 isn't a woman at all, and was unveiled at a Japanese tech exhibit back in 2005. Surely, lifelike robots have become, well, even more lifelike since, but Repliee Q1 has definitely made a few frat boys quip, "Yeah, but, after nine vodka/cranberries, would you?"

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