Russian robot 'Boris' revealed to be a man in a suit

Bloggers found the Robot Show website where the suit, identical to the one shown in the news clip, can be purchased.

In a footage of Robot Boris, Russian state television shot at the youth forum dedicated to robotics claimed that it was an actual robot.

Boris was shown on stage with co-hosts using dance moves so realistic that your dad would proudly use them at a wedding.

So maybe you can't laugh too hard at the state Russian TV crew who apparently thought an actor in a robot suit was a genuine cybertonic marvel.

That's right: Images later posted on social media showed giggling kids chatting to Boris, complete with two inches of neck and what seemed like the beginning of a healthy head of human hair.

As it turns out the standard for dancing is higher for humans than it is for robots.

Reports suggest that show organisers never intended audiences to see the robot as anything other than a man in a suit, and that the confusion only arose when it appeared on TV. The realistic robot costume called Alyosha the Robot costs as huge as 250,000 roubles (£2,975).

A news anchor said: "It's entirely possible one of these [students] could dedicate himself to robotics". The report continued, "Especially as at the forum they have the opportunity to look at the most modern robots".

"Robot Boris has already learned to dance and he's not that bad", Russia-24 said in the broadcast, reported ABC.

On the website of the company behind the robot, it is described as being able to create "an nearly complete illusion that you have a real robot".

Footage of the robot reportedly disappeared briefly from Russia-24's YouTube channel on Wednesday morning but it came back again a short while later.


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