Japanese ice-cream robot is a marvel of overengineered whimsy

Redditor Pirate_Redbeard posted this video of an ice-cream robot vending machine in Japan: an anthropomorphic robot that plucks a cone, holds it under a soft-serve machine, pulls a perfect poop-emoji swirl, passes it through a one-way bank-teller window, and then does a dance of delight once you pluck it up.

It's a marvel of overengineering, designed for whimsical performance at the expense of enormous complexity and the introduction of many failure modes, and as such represents a triumph of art over commerce and joy over greed.

Ice cream vending machine

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