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Back in the '70s, this spindle and pipe cleaner contraption was popping up at trade fairs, supermarkets, chat shows, and shopping malls all over the place.  Okay, so what?  Spokesbots are fairly common today.  True, but the man who owned Quasar claimed with a perfectly straight face that Quasar was the real deal; a fully programmable robot capable of carrying out an array of chores in the home.  More than that, he claimed that Quasar was ready to go into full production and would soon be available to consumers at very reasonable prices. 

Too good to be true?  Of course it was.  It wasn't long before roboticists became very suspicious about the extravagant claims being made about Quasar.  Furthermore, witnesses at the robot's public appearances reported a man nearby with what looked very much like a radio remote control.  Not surprisingly, it wasn't long before Quasar was unmasked as another robot parlour trick and Quasar's inventor  quickly and quietly faded away. 

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