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September 26, 2012

Future Robot's service robot FURO can perform a simple dance, looks sad when customers lea...

Future Robot's service robot FURO can perform a simple dance, looks sad when customers leave, and carries a touch screen that can function as a menu in restaurants.

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Future Robot has unveiled a new service robot called FURO-K that will function as a friendly kiosk. The company claims that people often prefer to wait in line to speak with a human employee rather than using an intimidating kiosk, so it has been designed to look cute and inviting. Furthermore, instead of sitting in a corner, the robot scoots around greeting customers in a synthesized voice to explain its features.

The robot comes with an integrated circuit card (ICC) reader, and near field communication (NFC) for non-contact data transactions. If you're old-fashioned it will also accept credit card payments and can print you a receipt. The company has already sold the robot to major hospitals in Korea and will begin providing services this month.

From right: FURO, Future Robot's CEO Se-kyong Song, and FURO-K, a robot kiosk.
From right: FURO, Future Robot's CEO Se-kyong Song, and FURO-K, a robot kiosk.

However, the real story is a recent purchase order from Brazil for one hundred FURO robots. That version of the robot has an anime-inspired female face and can function as a waitress. The plan is to deploy the robots as mobile advertisement and information kiosks at various Brazilian venues, such as airports and malls. The company has also sold units to Japan, China, and France.

“The key strength of Future Robot, in my opinion, is its human-robot interaction technology which is compatible with all other robots. As Steve Jobs ushered in a new smart society with the convergence of art and technology, I hope that Future Robot will pioneer the new robot age with the convergence of robots and technology.” said Future Robot's CEO, Se-kyong Song, who started the company following stints at Samsung and Philips robot research labs after graduating from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).

Source: Future Robot (Korean) via Korea IT Times

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Jason Falconer Jason is a freelance writer based in central Canada with a background in computer graphics. He has written about hundreds of humanoid robots on his website Plastic Pals and is an avid gamer with an unsightly collection of retro consoles, cartridges, and controllers.   All articles by Jason Falconer
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