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High-tech 'Robot Boris' at Russian Federation technology forum actually a man inside suit

High-tech 'Robot Boris' at Russian Federation technology forum actually a man inside suit

Reports in Russian Federation indicate the forum hadn't, in fact, tried to pretend that Boris was real, but TV viewers were left none the wiser.

"Boris the robot" appeared at a technological forum in Yaroslavl, dancing, speaking and walking onscreen. For starters, he was nearly perfectly human-shaped and didn't have any external sensors.

The organisers of the forum have said that they never said the robot was real, suggesting that if its true nature wasn't made clear, it was down to state TV coverage, over which they have very little control.

The forum was mainly targeted at children and youths, though it has not been established if any of them thought the "robot" was real for even an instant. BBC reports that in a pic shared on social media, the person's neck was visible from inside the robot costume. "Especially as at the forum they have the opportunity to look at the most modern robots".

Russian website TJournal also noted the lack of sensors and the "robot's" human-like movements, and revealed that Boris was, in fact, a man clad in a robot suit.

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As the questions mounted, it emerged that Boris was a £3000 costume made by the company Show Robots created to give the "near total illusion that before you stands a real robot", equipped with microphone and tablet display.

Boris's robotic voice then said, "I know mathematics well but I also want to learn to draw", before he began dancing to music.

"Robot Boris has already learned to dance and he's not that bad", Russia-24 said in the broadcast.

Footage of the robot reportedly disappeared briefly from Russia-24's YouTube channel on Wednesday morning but it came back again a short while later.