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10 Lovable Robots

From Weight Lifters to Camel Riders

— June 27, 2008 — Tech
In celebration of the newest robotic movie star, WALL-E, Time magazine featured a photo gallery of awesome robots.

The mechanical wonders perform amazing human tasks such as imitating human voices, racing camels, playing violins, and dancing.

Here are my picks of the 10 most adorable bots:

Chummy: The Fujitsu's HOAP-3 robot walks, grasps objects and can even carry on a simple conversation.

Little Bugger: This little robotic wine-expert can identify the flavor and brand of a wine via infrared rays. The Sommelier Robot then uses this information to recommend which dish would best suit that wine.

Kiss the Bride: "Tiro" the robot served as master of ceremonies at a wedding for one of its engineers.

Soft Touch: Dexterous hand robot by The Shadow Robot Company holds an apple at the Science Museum in London.

Butler: Professor Shigeki Sugano designed "Twendy-one" for nursery and household assistance work.

Pumping Iron: A little but tough robot lifts weights at the 10th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo

Swan Song: "Violin-Playing Robot" by Toyota plays a tune at the Universal Design Showcase in Tokyo.

Mimic: "Dream-Parrot" robot by Sega Toys is able to recognize and imitate human voices.

Line Up: Robots perform the "Thousand-Hand Bodhisattva" dance in Nanjing, China. Thewe eight robots, each measuring ten inches in height, were made by a working group from the University of Science and Technology of China.

Red Rider: An adventurous robot jockey rides a camel before a race in Dubai. The $300,000 robots are controlled by the camel's owners from the sidelines. They are feature shock absorbers and GPS tracking systems.

See an awesome lego model of the loveable WALL-E, which is out in theaters on June 27.: