These droids dance dirty

Pole dancing droids strutted groovily on the eve of a four-day computer expo, which was inaugurated yesterday by British PM David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

London: This pair of pole dancing droids give a whole new meaning to robotic moves, as they prepare to show their moves at an upcoming computer exhibition. The life-size white robots are set to be among the most popular attractions at the international CeBIT expo in Hannover, Germany.

Booting up to shake: Robots perform a pole dance at the booth of the Tobit Software company on the eve of the the 2014 CeBIT technology expo

With surveillance camera-shaped lights for heads, the humanoids shimmied around a pair of poles to music provided by another robot acting as DJ. And an engineer was on hand to make sure the robots looked their best as they performed, giving one of the pair a quick clean with some police.

British PM David Cameron, SAP co-CEO Jim Hageman Snabe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and manager of German football team Oliver Bierhoff watch how real-time data analysis of a football game can improve team performance during a presentation at the event yesterday. Pics/AFP

The robots first appeared at the expo in 2012, but proved so popular that they have returned this year among visitors to the trade fair that they were brought back for this year’s four-day event, which was formally opened yesterday by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The dancers, costing around £2,500 (Rs 2.54 lakh) to hire, were built from old car parts and designed by British artist Giles Walker. Their moves are controlled by a computer. Other exhibitors preparing for the event included Cornish company RoboThespian, which was also showing off their robots.

Great Britian is the partner nation for this year’s CeBIT, which is the world’s largest technology fair, attracting exhibitors and visitors from across the globe.

>> Life-size white robots will perform again during the course of the international CeBIT exhibition
>> The humanoids are made out of old car parts and controlled by computer
>> The expo, in Hannover, Germany is the world’s biggest technology fair

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