Emo-Robot from Japan

05.06.2014 Misc Tech #Robots

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In Japan haben sie einen „Personal Robot“ mit einer „emotional engine“ und „a cloud-based artificial intelligence system“ vorgestellt. Das Teil kostet grob 1400 Euro (198.000 Yen, 1930 Dollar) und kommt im Febraur. Viel zu familienfreundlich und knuffig für meinen Geschmack, aber ich bin auch nicht die Zielgruppe: Es geht offensichtlich um die in Japan schon lange getesteten Robots für Senioren wegen der demographischen Verschiebungen.

It uses an "emotional engine" and a cloud-based artificial intelligence system that allows it to analyse gestures, expressions and voice tones. The firm said people could communicate with it "just like they would with friends and family" and it could perform various tasks. It will go on sale to the public next year for 198,000 yen ($1,930; £1,150).

"People describe others as being robots because they have no emotions, no heart," Masayoshi Son, chief executive of Softbank, said at a press conference. "For the first time in human history, we're giving a robot a heart, emotions." The firm will deploy prototypes of the robot at two of its stores from Friday, allowing customers to interact with them.

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