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Humanoid Robots Invade Hotel Lobby in Akihabara

From right to left: NAO, Gemini, and PALRO

Researchers from the University of Tsukuba have positioned humanoid robots in hotel lobbies in Tsukuba and Akihabara.  It’s all part of a new study into human-robot interaction in public spaces, with the goal of easing society’s eventual coexistence with robots.  The robots can speak multiple languages and interact through chat, motion, and touch, and include the likes of Fuji Soft Inc.’s PALRO and Aldebaran Robotics’ NAO.

The main attraction of this research project are undoubtedly the Gemini robots developed at the university, which have grown out of a design project from 2009 and the TalkTorque robots.  Previously the Gemini robots were nothing more than conceptual models, but the pair have been upgraded with moving parts and wheeled bases (for mobility).

[source: Akiba Keizai Shimbun (JP)]

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