Robodex 2003 Fashion Show
From Robodex 2003, held last week in Yokohama, Japan, please welcome the latest robots.
[Note: I don't think that robots are as susceptible as humans. Nethertheless, I decided to introduce them in alphabetical order.]
As usual, Honda's Asimo was one of the stars of the show.
Banryu, developed by Tmsuk, Inc., will control your home while you're away. Unfortunately, it looks pretty ugly -- at least to me -- and it costs $16,000.
Chiba University displayed its life saving one ton mine-clearance robot, the Comet III.
Doki, built by Intelligent Earth, from Scotland, is the world's first gender-aware robot. Do we really need it?
The Japanese Business Design Laboratory's Ifbot has 40 facial expressions, and contains thousands of words.
Fujitsu's Maron-1 monitors your home by phone and costs only $2,500.
Sony showed its new SDR-4X II, an entertainment robot which is not on sale yet, but is already dancing.
Wakamaru, from Mitsubishi, is one-meter high and has a round "head.". It can monitor your home, talk with you and follow your conversation.
Waseda University's WE-4R can show six patterns of facial expression: happiness, anger, surprise, disgust, sadness and fear -- more than some Hollywood's actors.
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