Japanese robot plays babysitter while parents shop

Major Japanese retailer Aeon Co. said Tuesday it has introduced a 1.4-metre (four-foot-seven) yellow-and-white robot at a store in the southern city of Fukuoka in charge of entertaining the children.

If parents want to leave their children with the kid-sized machine, they arrange for the youngsters to wear special badges that bear codes which the robot can read.

The robot can then identify the children by their names and ages and chat with them, even though its vocabulary remains limited.

The robot, developed with leading robot-maker Tmusk, can also use a projector in one of its eyes to beam advertising messages — or to show pictures that it has captured with a camera installed in the other eye. (link)


1 Response to “Japanese robot plays babysitter while parents shop”

  1. 1 Simon Hore González April 16, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Hello, I work in a Newspaper called The Time (El Tiempo in Spanish) in Colombia and our journalist julían Isaza is working on an article about new tech for babycare, and the “robonanny” is one of the items selected for the news, so we will like to know if maybe you guys can help us out with a picture o the Robot retailed by Aeon Co and Designed by Tmusk.
    Thanks for your cooperation

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