Twin pole-dancing robots were in town for the 50th International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.
The robots, created by 50-year-old London sculptor Giles Walker, were “hired” and flown in to perform for attendees at the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club, just off the strip.
The club put out an announcement ahead of CES that read: “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,” according to the New York Post.
Sapphire’s managing partner Peter Feinstein said demographics at CES have changed in recent years, so he was looking for something out of the norm to offer attendees.
“We were looking for something creative to do during CES that would sort of match what was happening in town,” Feinstein told the Daily Beast, adding that the club was trying to attract more women during the five-day event.
The robots aren’t human-like, and by Silicon Valley standards, they are low tech.
Sporting CCTV heads, the pair shook their plastic backsides for customers while sliding up and down a pole in stiletto-heeled shoes.
And yes, they were accepting tips.
According to Entrepreneur, the club’s owners placed tip buckets near the twins’ feet that read “MIT bound” and “Need money for batteries.”
What inspired Walker to make the dancing robots?
Walker told CNBC he noticed increased use of CCTV cameras, which he calls “mechanical peeping Toms” in the United Kingdom to surveil people.
And that voyeurism inspired the idea to turn them into something sexy, though he told CNBC he has no interest in creating a sex robot.
“There’s a challenge,” Walker told CNBC. “I think if you’re a painter, you might want to paint a beautiful woman and make it beautiful. I’m a sculptor, and I wanted to do something that was sexy.”
And don’t worry about the robots being out of work once CES ends Friday night, Walker said he’ll be renting them out for corporate parties.