Saturday, July 14, 2007

Mitsubishi Robot Receptionists

have long been a mainstay on high-end factory floors, but now they're
getting a lot more social and interacting with humans in the workplace.
These Mitsubishi
robots, named Wakamaru, are being hired out in Japan as receptionists
for $1000 a day or $25,000 a year. It turns out these goofy-looking
yellow droids are pretty good at the job, recognizing faces and even
chatting it up with the customers, using their 10,000-word vocabulary
to amaze and entertain, and possibly annoy.

Standing a childlike 3'3" tall and weighing 66 pounds, the robots
cut a decidedly non-imposing figure, flashing a dorky-looking
expression and generally doing nonthreatening things. They are at able
to perform a few manual tasks, however, and we're thinking that
bringing us a beer might not be too challenging for these little
Article Link (Gizmodo)

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