Video Friday: Giant Robotic Eggs Dance a Tango

Every Friday since the dawn of time, I've been hoping that I'd get a chance to post a video of giant dancing robotic eggs. And every Friday I've been disappointed when such a video has utterly failed to exist.

BUT NOT THIS FRIDAY!

These appear to be EngKey robotic teachers, which (as far as I can tell) have been deployed in South Korean schools for a couple years now to teach English as part of a pilot program by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST). EngKeys are really just fancy telepresence platforms; humans in the Philippines do the educating remotely because it's cheaper that way. Most of the news that I can find on these bots (which are obviously defective and repurposed Portal turrets) is several years old, so I can't quite tell what they're currently up to. Well, I guess that's not true. They're currently doing the tango on YouTube. 

Via [ YouTube ]

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