My Very Own Doppelganger for Christmas

Japanese department store operator Sogo & Seibu have just the thing for you. As part of a New Year’s promotional sale Sogo, Seibu, and Robinson’s department stores will offer people the chance to buy a humanoid robot custom-built to look, move and sound just like themselves.  The high-tech doppelgangers will be built by Kokoro, the Japanese robotics firm responsible for a line of Actroid human-like robotic receptionists.  Seibu, or Robinson’s department stores from January 1 to 3, 2010. But be warned; only two robots will be available. If more than two orders are received the lucky buyers will be selected by a random lottery. However, with a price tag of 20.1 million yen (US$223,000).  Make that an army of me…
You can own your very own robotic doppelganger, just like roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro (tha...

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