Sunday, December 12, 2004

Hello Kitty Robot

I recently paid a visit ot the city of Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu. Here there is an interesting sctivity centre called "RboPlaza". It contains a number of the latest Japanese robots with which visitors can interact. Above is a new "Hello Kitty" from the Business Design Laboratory. This robot is already in production and costs around 500,000 Yen. The company building is responsible for ifBot which I have discussed previously. The Kitty robot is based on the same technology. Its movements are limited but it has a fairly impressive AI, allowing it to understand simple speech and formulate correct replies.


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