Monday, August 29, 2005

Wakamaru robot debuts in Sept.

Mitsubishi will begin taking orders for its Wakamaru robot on Sept. 16, the company has announced.
"This is the opening of an era in which human beings and robots can coexist," it said. Mitsubishi-Heavy said it will start taking orders for "Wakamaru" from Sept. 16, and plans to sell 100 of the one meter- (3.3 feet-) tall, 30 kilogram (66 pound) robots at about 1.58 million yen (US$14,300; euro11,619) for residents in central Tokyo.
According to this report, "Wakamaru is a "child-shaped humanoid robot that can recognize about 10,000 words and work as a house sitter ..."
The "Wakamaru" robot can recognize the faces of up to 10 people and talk to them. When linked to mobile phones, it can also work as a monitor to check situations at home, such as a burglary or someone falling ill.