The Consumer Electronics Show begins today with some highly exotic technology on display in a nearby club.
Robot pole dancers are on display at the Sapphire Gentlemen's Club, just a few blocks off the famous Las Vegas Strip where the Consumer Electronics Show takes place in various hotels and casinos.
However, nobody would ever confuse these dancers with the real thing.
Made from what you’d expect to find in a landfill, these robots are composed entirely of junk. The heads are cast-off closed-circuit cameras while the bodies are made from car parts and long discarded mannequins. The robots’ gyrations are made using salvaged windshield wiper motors, which doesn’t quite flow the same as muscle and sinew.
But that’s all fine to the robots’ creator, Giles Walker. “I wanted to do something sexy with rubbish,” the British artist said at a media event on Monday.
Walker specializes in using junk to create artistic displays full of commentary on modern society. These risque robots were originally built in 2012 for a show called “Peepshow”. Since then Walker has rented out their services to various trade events, including “Sexpo”, an Australian event that deals with adult entertainment and toys.
"By placing the CCTV on the body of a pole dancer I am looking at the relationship of voyeurism and power," Walker told the Australian Associated Press back in 2016. "Is she (the stripper) the one with the power, or is it the people watching her?"
Today at the Sapphire Club, manager Peter Feinstein thinks these dancing robots will put his establishment back on the map with convention attendees. "This is our 18th year for the club, and we felt we needed to come up with something new and unique," he said to Daily Mail.
"It used to be just nerds. But we wanted something more creative that would appeal to both men and women."
As for the club’s human employees, they’re not too worried about being replaced by automated dancers anytime soon. "I think there are a lot of people with weird fetishes so I am sure somebody will get turned on by that. But nobody can beat the beauty of someone, and our talent with our brains, the way we talk, the way we use our bodies," said Rogue, a dancer at the Sapphire Club.
"We can make people feel better than them."