U.T. Palette (for Upper Torso) is the truncated version of Palette, Flower Robotics’ mannequin robot. Best suited to modeling jewelry or hats, this robot turns its head in user-defined motion patterns. It comes paired with an intelligent monitoring system which keeps an unblinking eye on the public, both for security purposes as well as market research. Over time, the system learns which poses attract and maintain the public’s attention, maximizing the selling potential of the robot.
On June 9th 2009, Flower Robotics began a rental business for U.T. Palette at a rate of 134,000 JPY (approximately $1,350 USD), or for those particularly smitten, one can be purchased for 700,000 JPY (~$7,000 USD). The robot measures 180 × 190 × 410mm (width × depth × height) and weighs 3kg.
[source: Impress Robot Watch]
Flower Robotics Inc.