Valerie, the domestic android has an impressive specification chart and will be available in prototype form by December 2004.
Banryu struts his stuff at
the Virgin Megastore in Tokyo.
Fujitsu's MARON-1 Home Robot acts in several capacities - as a security guard and as a home helper which can be controlled by a mobile phone.
and other machines will
replace humans in many
roles which were once
thought of as solely the
domain of humans.
One of Toyota's partner robots
Kokoro Dreams has developed
an actroid with realistic (to a point)
NEC's Papero may look like a toy, but there's some industrial strength travel interpreter software inside that cute little body.
Korean start-up Mostitech have a home security robot which is expected to sell for around 10$ of the price of the similarly featured robots on the Japanese domestic market.
January 19, 2004 Helper, security and companion robots will be commonplace a decade from now. There are already more than 100 robotic commercialisation projects in the global public arena, and a dozen commercially available robots in the Japanese domestic market. In the next two to three years, that number will grow considerably, with research companies forecasting the home robotics market may one day be equal in size to the automotive market.
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