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The more we understand the fundamentals of electronics, the easier it becomes to marry their myriad functions into imaginative designs. A Japanese tinkerer took this notion to the extreme with a construction kit that makes creating gadgets both a game and an art project in one.
Tokyo has no shortage of strange food devices and restaurants — from the SushiBot to Capcom's video game inspired restaurants. This one takes the cake and then some. Futuristic robot Amazons, piloted by real girls, roll around with giant trays ready to take your drink order and serve food.
Oddly enough, one of the few similarities between children in the U.S. and Japan is the game of Rock-Paper-Scissors, known in Japan as Janken. Now a research lab has used that simple kid's game to offer a glimpse at the inexorable perfection curve of robots versus humans.