Maru Robot Networked Like I, Robot's NS5

The Maru robot will be showcased during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this coming November.


(Maru Robot)

The network-enabled robot has a bipedal, humanoid appearance; software is downloaded via the wireless Internet instead of embedded programs (like in conventional models).

Individual robots are only capable of mobility; the remaining functionality, like sensing and processing, come from other computers via the Web, thus enabling production of the robots at an affordable price.

In last year's movie I, Robot, the most advanced robots, the NS5's, had a special feature: additional software and instructions could be downloaded wirelessly to individual robots. NS5's receiving a download show a red glow in the chest cavity.


(Middle NS5 Robot Gets A Download)

The Maru robot, in contrast with the NS5 robots from the movie, are very helpful and serviceful. They will be delivering beverages, among other functions.

Read the brief article at the Korea Times. If you are interested in robots that serve drinks, see also the Koolio: Autonomous Refrigerator Robot.

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