Yes, Sadly, Robot Strippers Are Now a Thing… [PICS]

The next time you go to Las Vegas, brace yourselves – things have changed.

Or they’re about to. One strip club unveiled “robot strippers” in an attempt to lure in crowds during the Vegas Consumer Electronics Show.

The pale white humanoid robots with video cameras for heads turned and gyrated around stripper poles at the Sapphire Las Vegas strip club during the show. It’s an attempt to attract more women, The Daily Beast’s Taylor Lorenz wrote, but the crowd was still 80 percent men.

“We were looking for something creative to do during CES that would sort of match what was happening in town,” Managing Partner Peter Feinstein said.

Feinstein said he noticed the demographics of CES changing and that the typical hot women aren’t enough to lure a crowd to the club anymore. These days, you’ve got to offer something different.

“We’re appealing to a mass audience who looks on the internet, which we don’t normally do just as a gentlemen’s club,” he said, noting that if the club was only seeking to attract men it might just promote images of beautiful women from its Instagram.

“The majority of strip clubs are not appealing to people through CES,” he said. “We’re offering a different place to go. If you’re six people from a company and there’s two women and four guys, you can still here and have some fun and see the robots and not feel like you have to be part of a strip club.”

As the party kicked off, Lorenz wrote, female promoters in tight silver “robot suits” jumped around, trying to get the crowd hyped up.

“There’s no other strip clubs that are doing this,” one female promoter in glittery silver makeup beamed. “We’re bringing all this technology, I think that’s pretty cool.”

“I think it’s a fun idea of us celebrating technology and the whole CES and saying, we’re going to take it to a sexy level,” said another.

Well, we’re not sure if it was a “sexy level.” Here’s a video of some of the robots’ antics. You decide if it’s a “Sexy level.”

The machines grinded against the poles as guests sprayed dollar bills at their feet adorned with high-heeled stripper shoes.

When the stereo began blaring “Put your filthy hands all over me,” one man tenderly caressed a robot’s leg.

Tip buckets at the robot’s feet read “MIT bound” and “Need money for batteries.”

It was about an hour in that the robots turned, shook, and swiveled on stage before enough was enough and the “real” women had to take over.

Men seemed to like these flesh-and-blood women much better.

A common complaint was that the female robots weren’t complex or lifelike enough. It wasn’t the fact that their head was a video camera that ruined the experience, one man said; it was the way they moved.

“I’ve seen robots do much more complicated things than these ones are doing now,” said Adam, a tech worker in town for CES. “So I’m a little underwhelmed. You look at stuff on YouTube, I mean robots can operate on your brain and do really precise things now. These are a little too mechanical.”

“I just think the robots have awkward movement, no one really moves like that,” added his friend Kaiden, also in town for CES. “They need pole-dancing classes.”

“I was hoping for a bit more up and down action than just the hip and grind,” said Ross, another tech worker in town for CES.

So there you go. Robot strippers. Welcome to Las Vegas.