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14 Mar 2002
Robot for the elderly to become real-life Astro Boy

Developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), the one-meter-tall, bubble-headed robot will go on sale at a cost of 1 million yen in April next year. The robot is targeting the families of elderly people and those living alone.

The robot is equipped with functions to help elderly people and those in poor health send an alarm to hospitals, security firms and relatives when an emergency happens. [...]

Users can see images of the home the robot serves when they call Wakamaru on a camera-equipped mobile phone, and even talk with those at home over the phone. The battery-charged robot runs on wheels and recharges itself. [...]

"Daddy, it's time for you to go to work," the prototype robot told its master during the unveiling ceremony. Wakamaru also can ask questions such as, "You are home late, aren't you?" or "Are you O.K.?" when the master remains silent. [...]

=> http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/news/20030204p2a00m0fp033000c.html

Nothing compared to J-Bot, right? ;)


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