January 9, 2018 | 3:35pm | Updated
Stripper robots perform at the Sapphire Gentlemen's Club on the sidelines of CES 2018 in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.
Even strippers’ jobs may not be safe from the robots.
A Las Vegas jiggle joint has installed a pair of mechanized pole dancers to bump and grind onstage for computer nerds attending this week’s CES technology bash.
The robot strippers — a clever marketing gimmick at a local strip club, as opposed to an actual exhibit — had tip buckets at their feet with signs saying “MIT bound” and “need money for batteries.”
“Come watch sparks fly as the Robo Twins shake their hardware and leave everyone wondering if those double Ds are real or made in ‘Silicone’ Valley,” the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club said in an announcement, inviting tech geeks to ogle and salivate over the stiletto-heeled cyborgs.
Still, while the robots wiggled their plastic butts in a segment captured on video, several pointy-headed attendees looked bored, immersed in their phone screens rather than the mechanical antics onstage.
“I’ve seen robots do much more complicated things than these ones are doing now,” a tech worker named Adam told the Daily Beast, which first wrote about the robot strippers.
“I was hoping for a bit more up and down action than just the hip and grind,” said Ross, another tech worker in town for CES.
The dancing robots are low-tech by Silicon Valley standards: They were cobbled together by a British artist from scrap metal, old mannequins and CCTV cameras. Their gyrating butts are powered by discarded windshield-wiper motors.
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