In this picture taken on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, Veldan, a humanoid praying robot which is built by Iranian school teacher Akbar Rezaie, is seen at his home in the city of Varamin some 21 miles (35 ... more 
In this picture taken on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, Veldan, a humanoid praying robot which is built by Iranian school teacher Akbar Rezaie, is seen at his home in the city of Varamin some 21 miles (35 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. Rezaei who has built a robot to show to children how to execute daily prayers, has innovated an amusing way of encouraging young children to say their daily prayers by using the science of robotics. Out of personal interest and unrelated to his field of study, Akbar Rezaei attended private robotics classes and acquired the skill of assembling and developing customized humanoid robots. He built the robot at home with basic tools and gave it the designation “Veldan”, a term mentioned in Quran meaning: “Youth of Heaven”. By applying some mechanical modifications such as adding up two extra engines Akbar Rezaei managed to let the robot perform praying movements, such as prostration, more easily. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Vahid Salemi
Tue, Feb 25, 2014 1:00 PM EST