A group of Japanese robot companies are forming a consortium of sorts that they say will let
them cooperate in the research, development and marketing of robots.
Currently, that group includes Tokyo's ZMP, Nagoya's Business Design Laboratory, Vstone (makers of the Black Ox pictured above), and Tmsuk,
each of which will apparently initially focus on "simple service
robots" designed to keep watch on the elderly, pets, and children.
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