SmartPal V Mecha-Gumby Service Robot
SmartPal V is a slim service robot designed by Yaskawa Electric Corporation. This robot is designed to work with people to help them achieve a higher quality of life. It has been designed throughout to coexist well with human beings.
(SmartPal V service robot from Yaskawa Electric)
The robot moves freely on its wheeled base; it can distinguish one person's voice out of a crowd and obey its owner's instructions. It also offers voice synthesis capabilities to respond directly to questions.
SmartPal V weighs about 280 pounds and is fifty-two inches tall; it has four CCD cameras in its, and can move around at speeds of up to 3.6 kilometers per hour. The running time of SmartPal V is two and one-half hours.
SmartPal V's ability to recognize its environment is provided by its cameras and special software; it can also be taught particular objects that belong to you so it can take care of them better. For example, it can recognize that a bottle left on the floor belongs to you, and should be picked up.
(SmartPal V service robot has the lumbar flexibility needed for chores)
SmartPal V also has the ability to wirelessly network with other SmartPal V robots in its vicinity - all this to serve you better.
I know that Japanese roboticists are feverishly working towards the day when every elderly person in Japan will be taken care of by a robot. I've got to say that SmartPal V's "Mecha-Gumby" looks plus its human-friendly feature list make it the cool robot to have right now.
SmartPal V was introduced today at the 2007 International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo.
Yaskawa has made some interesting robots lately; take a look at these:
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