Robot outfit fail


MOSCOW – A “state-of-the-art” robot that appeared in a report on Russia’s main TV news channel was revealed by Internet users on Wednesday to be a man in a costume.

The Rossiya 24 rolling news channel on Tuesday broadcast footage of what it presented as a dancing, singing robot at a technology forum for school pupils. But images shared online from backstage at the event clearly showed a human inside a robot outfit, through a gap between a bodysuit and a headpiece.

“I was absolutely sure everyone would realize it was a costume, like Santa Claus, that this was a project created for children,” the journalist who made the report said in an interview after the clip went viral.

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