Dog Wan Robot Available For Lease

Daisen's Dog Wan robot ("Wan" means "bow-wow" in Japanese) is now ready to lease - for about $185 per month.


(Dog Wan robot carries a bag)

Dog Wan weighs about five kilograms; it has a two-axis head and tail and stands about 700 mm tall and 530 mm long. Dog Wan can walk forwards and backwards, turn, sit. It can even walk while carrying a small bag as shown in the picture above.


(Dog Wan robot video)

Regular readers know that among my various quests is the desire to find John Brunner's autoporter in the real world, not just in his 1975 novel The Shockwave Rider.

From now until his credit expired the machine would carry his bag in its soft plastic jaws and follow him as faithfully as a well-trained hound, which indeed it resembled...
(Read more about Brunner's autoporter)

Check out my list of bag-carrying robots:

Via Robot Watch.

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