Sunday, April 16, 2006

This is a new robot from Tmusk, the RIDC-01. It is about 4 feet tall. It is one of those robots I am not too sure about. It is big, heavy and has a strange combination of functions, the main ones being floor cleaning and the ability to project DVD movies from its head. Of course! An obvious combination. One assumes it is aimed at businesses; very few homes in Japan need such a large floor cleaning `bot. It can also speak and recognise voice commands. How useful those capabilities are in a machine whose main job is to shine the floor and project the occasional movie, I�m not sure. The cost, 10 million yen (50 thousand pounds, 85 thousand US dollars) is a bit steep. I�d rather buy a rhoomba and a nice projector and have enough cash left over for, erm, a sports car. I am not sure if they are on sale yet, if they are, I bet they�re just flying off the shelves.