On September 4th 2008, Daisen unveiled their robotic pooch “Dog-Wan” (from Watch, Assist, Nurse), developed with Robot Force. It’s a quadruped robot with 24 joints, is 53cm (20″) long and 70cm (2’3″) tall, and weighs 5kg (11 lbs), making Dog-Wan one of the largest dog robots I’ve seen. The exterior body is a durable, molded polycarbonate frame that looks like a cross between Scooby Doo and The Incredibles.
Using some internal gyro sensors, the dog can walk forward, backward, turn, sit, and shake a paw. His head and tail can move and it has no trouble making it over 1cm ground hurdles. He can also carry stuff in his mouth, such as 350ml drinks in a shopping bag, up to about 2kg total.
The company plans to use the dog as a promotional tool in DenDen Town’s mall to entertain customers, and has future improvements in the works. If you’re interested in acquiring your own Dog-Wan, rental fees are $280/month for a 5 year lease. Dog-Wan comes with an optional network camera which can transfer any footage it ”sees” to your home PC.
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