Tmsuk Telepresence Shopper Cell Phone-Controlled

Tmsuk has introduced a telepresence shopper robot; a prototype is shown below. The robotic shopper responds to commands sent by remote cell phone users.


(Tmsuk TMSUK-4 humanoid telepresence robot)

In a recent demonstration in the city of Kitakyushu, Japan, an infirm grandmother was able to control the telepresence shopper robot with an NTT DoCoMo video-capable cell phone.

Accompanied by her granddaughter, the Tmsuk robot went shopping; streaming video came back through the phone. The grandmother maneuvered the robot to the hat section and watched as her granddaughter tried on different hats, finally helping her pick one.

Telepresence robots like this one always remind me of the robot probes from the 1981 Niven/Pournelle story Oath of Fealty. I'll bet readers can come up with earlier examples.

One day, you might control one of these telepresence robots:

- Rotundus And Rover: Robotic And Fictional Guardians (Updated)
- PEBBLES Robot - Teleconferencing For Kids At NextFest 2006
- Reborg-Q May You Shop In Peace
- Porta-Person Remote Conferencing Stand-In
- HeadThere Giraffe Telepresence Robot
- DIY Telepresence By Teleoperated Robot

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