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August 18, 2010 9:47 PM   Subscribe

Japanese Ice Cream Robot (Warning: opera music in videos done circus style.)
posted by LeLiLo (11 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is sort of creepy! The enormous head and little smile.

But I like watching its careful deliberate movements, like how gently it picks up a cone from the stack of cones. And now I want ice cream even if it is not served to me by a robot.
posted by bewilderbeast at 9:53 PM on August 18, 2010


Awesome! But does it play happy ice cream truck music? Also "prohibits the entry of persons affiliated with crime syndicates and persons with tattoos" :-(
posted by ratita at 9:54 PM on August 18, 2010


And now I want ice cream even if it is not served to me by a robot.

Maybe you could get some here?
posted by nola at 10:04 PM on August 18, 2010


Summerland ... my daughters had summer jobs there once upon a time, although if this sort of thing keeps up, I suppose summer jobs will be a thing of the past ...

prohibits the entry of ...

This is standard procedure for swimming pools and sports clubs.
posted by woodblock100 at 10:14 PM on August 18, 2010


Warning: opera music in videos done circus style.

you know, the opera Carmen is actually about the circus, so there's not really anything strange here.
posted by mexican at 10:52 PM on August 18, 2010


the opera Carmen is actually about the circus

As opposed to the opera Cartman, which is about falling in love with an ice cream serving robot.
posted by Joey Michaels at 11:19 PM on August 18, 2010


Funny. Just the other day, I was wondering out loud to my girlfriend why ice cream parlors always advertise "hand-dipped" ice cream cones. As though that were the personal touch they offered over their competitors, who inferentially use soulless machines to scoop their ice cream. And furthermore, I argued, given that "hand-dipped" is actually the norm, not the exception, a "robot-dipped" ice cream parlor would likely attract more business anyway, as a novelty.

And now here we are. I always knew I was a visionary.
posted by gilrain at 6:53 AM on August 19, 2010


you know, the opera Carmen is actually about the circus...

I wondered about that, but then (too tired to look it up) decided it was really about the bullfights.
posted by LeLiLo at 8:55 AM on August 19, 2010


This is sort of creepy! The enormous head and little smile.

We've seen the gold standard for creepy Japanese robots.

I recently read Rudy Rucker's Ware tetralogy. This makes me think of the Mr. Frostee ice cream truck that is actually a refrigerated holding tank for the superconducting circuits of a robot brain.
posted by Babblesort at 9:13 AM on August 19, 2010


I was wondering out loud to my girlfriend why ice cream parlors always advertise "hand-dipped" ice cream cones

It's to distinguish it from soft-serve, which isn't dipped or scooped so much as pumped or extruded.
posted by jedicus at 9:28 AM on August 19, 2010


jedicus, thanks!

I suppose that connection eluded me because I don't consider soft-serve to be ice cream, really. I haven't eaten it since dad would take us to all-you-can-eat buffets on our cross-country camping trips, back in the day. Those dessert bars, ugh.
posted by gilrain at 4:18 PM on August 19, 2010


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