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Programmable Idol Robots Dance to Your Design

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DMM is one of Japan’s most well-known technology companies, and considering everything they do, it’s easy to see why. From steaming video services to retail to robots, they have a lot of thumbs in a lot of pies. But the pie that’s sure to infuriate our future robot overlords the most is probably DMM’s new Premaid AI—robot idols that will do whatever dance you want on the tabletop of your choosing.

DMM.make Robots announced earlier this month that they will begin preorder sales of Premaid AI at the end of the month on October 29. The robots will not only dance for you, but dance according to your specifications, as DMM plans to release software enabling users to create their own “dance data.” They’ll also be making available patterns for the robots’ clothing and 3-D modeling data for their heads. DMM.make will release a Premaid AI robot app through which you can control your new tabletop idol soon as well.

Currently, the lineup consists of three different robots: a base model, a model called Yukari designed by illustrator Ako Arisaka, and another model called Mari designed by manga artist Yui Sakima. Both the Yukari and Mari models will be limited to three units each.

As you might expect, these robots aren’t exactly cheap. The base model will cost ¥138,000, and both of the limited models will cost ¥145,000 each.

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