Meet “Anton,” the Robotic Tongue

Just when you thought you’d seen it all, British scientists have come up with “Anton,” the animatronic tongue.

This squirming creation was designed to help better understand how the human tongue works and thus improve speech recognition software. See for yourself:

I feel it’s necessary to quote the following line from New Scientist Magazine:

“The pink, fleshy tongue curls up and down inside the bare skull’s jaws…”

Hang on here. Is this a medical research device, or something else?

Come to think of it, I think my ex-girlfriend might have had one of these…