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Two-Legged Home Robot, Coming Soon To Japan

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the for-that-money-it-better-wash-dishes dept.

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An anonymous reader submits "Two Japanese companies, (ZMP corp., and Mizuno, a athletic goods manufacturer), announced that they will start selling the first two-legged robot for home use. The robot, called nuvo, will retail for 500,000 yen. It wil be able to understand 1,000 (Japanese) words, dance, and allow the owner to contact the robot via 3G phones."

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BENE GESSER1T 1S 0N TEH SP0KE (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450318)

I must not suck cock

Cock is the ass-killer

Cock is the anal-invader that brings total goatse

I will face the cock

I will permit it to come in me and on me

And when it has gone in my ass I will turn the inner eye and see its entry

When the cock has gone there will be staining

Only my ass will remain

GNAA y'all!

Re:BENE GESSER1T 1S 0N TEH SP0KE (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450619)

Best FP ever! Reminds me of Dune before the likes of Sci-Fi Channel and the terrible Butlerian Jihad book(s).

I can't read Japanese (2, Funny)

Xpilot (117961) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450319)

Anyone care to fansub this article?

Nice picture though.

Human Translation (5, Informative)

jetfuel (755102) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450443)

A two legged robot that you can play with in your home will be available as early as the end of this year for 500000 yen. Venture company ZMP and sports equipment company Mizuno, together announced on the 2nd.

As for 2 legged robots, Sony's QRIO and Honda's ASIMO are famous, but they are mainly for publicity purposes and are rarely purchased for general use.

nuvo is 39 centimeters, and 2.5 kilograms. It can walk forward, backward, left, or right, and if it falls, can get up automatically from any position. It can be taught about 1000 words, follow directions, (something [jishiki?]) or dance.

In the head is a camera. Using NTT DoCoMo 3rd generation phones, you can see from the robot's perspective, and use it as a remote controlled "security robot".

Minimizing the use of joints allowed the cost to remain low. Over 3000 orders are expected by the new year.

Re:Human Translation (2, Funny)

sjwt (161428) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450484)

so not that much change to read the headline
"hacked robot kills faimly"

im not sure if thats a godo thign or a bad thing :)

tee hee (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450614)

something [jishiki?]

Mmmmhh... free jishiki...

Re:Human Translation (4, Informative)

mm0mm (687212) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450695)

Good work.
It can be taught about 1000 words, follow directions, (something [jishiki?]) or dance.
Actually the word reads "ojigi," and it means "bowing (greeting)." So the whole sentence reads:
"[it] memorizes 1000 words of conversational vocabulary, and bows and dances by orders."
I found it amusing that Japanese engineers imprinted what is known as their stereotypical behavior (bowing) to the robot. You say, "Hey, Robot! Apologize!" and this robot will bow in front of you without knowing what he did wrong. What a nice pet.

Re:I can't read Japanese (2, Interesting)

kamukwam (652361) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450611)

Worldlingo.com translates it into this: Two foot walking robot which can be played with home, at approximately 1 unit 500000 Yen is sold even on end of this year. Venture enterprise "ZMP" of robot development and sporting goods major ~Ym developed with "nuvo (E - baud)", were released jointly on the 2nd. @As for two foot walking robot, SONY "QRIO (the curio)" and HONDA "ASIMO (AV)" it is famous, but loan for the advertisement of enterprise in the center, as for general sale is unusual. @As for nuvo 39 centimeters in height and 2.5 kilograms of weight. Approximately you walk to left and right, when collapsing, you can look up, the crush from with whichever rise with own power. You remember nearly 1000 languages of daily conversational level, follow to the indication and bow, dance. @ScEIJd"a'BmsshRI'aeR'aOEg'N"dbdZgAAA{bg(C)cOE(C)1 /2ae-EdSOoae(C)cSm"FA"Su'iaAeuSAZ{bgvEaEeB @The joint where cost of development is required the paragraph and price were held down little. The sale 3000 or more is anticipated in first year. (03/03 08:02)

Two english stories (4, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450723)

Firm to mass-produce robot humanoids [canoe.ca] and Walking robot to be mass produced [ananova.com] (Probably dozens of others versions of this press release.)

For the metrically challenged "39-centimetre-tall" is roughly 16 inches high. Woohoo. That'll scare burglars, especially with those blue balls on the end of its arms. For that price, I think I'll stick to the low-tech version that comes with an environmently friendly wind-up key.

3G Phones ? (4, Funny)

Gopal.V (532678) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450322)

War driving to conquer japan with mad freaking robots .... hopefully they'll not think about bluetooth ... :)

Will I get modded down.... (0, Offtopic)

Scrab (573004) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450327)

for commenting without RTFA....

Mod Parent UP! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450669)

Whoever modded the parent -1 clearly hasnt ATTEMPTED to read the article ;)

Either that, or they have no sense of humor.

A toy? (3, Insightful)

ObviousGuy (578567) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450329)

I guess there's a market for this kind of thing in Japan. The mean age in Japan is approaching 70 and many of these older persons are living alone, so there are a lot of seniors that will require assistance with their daily life. A robot that can fetch medicine or notify the owner that it is time to take medicine or even notify the authorities if the owner doesn't move for more than a specified time.

More than just "wow, this is cool! Imagine a beowulf cluster of these", this robot is a significant step forward for the assisted-living technological front.

Re:A toy? (3, Funny)

FinestLittleSpace (719663) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450339)

notify the authorities if the owner doesn't move for more than a specified time. So.. the police arrive everytime betty goies for a nap?

Re:A toy? (2, Insightful)

mantera (685223) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450347)


"...or even notify the authorities if the owner doesn't move for more than a specified time."
I totally love this one... I love you man, i'm ur fan from now on

Re:A toy? (0, Offtopic)

TEB_78 (748262) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450366)

...even notify the authorities if the owner doesn't move for more than a specified time.

Sounds like a good tool to prevent people from getting too fat. Maybe something for Bush's next war, the war on fat. ;)

Japanese Geeks wants another kind of robot (2, Interesting)

oddmake (715380) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450404)

Look at Slashdot Japan article [slashdot.jp]

snurf-kin wrote [slashdot.jp]:
I want maid-robot!

...and Annoymous Cowerd replies [slashdot.jp]:
There are no market for robots without Hentai("moe") element!

Both of above comments area moderated +2,Funny & Insightful
This is the mindset of Japanese geek,sad fact...

Re:Japanese Geeks wants another kind of robot (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450559)

Wow, the Japanese really do have a different culture...

The BSD article on the front page of slashdot.jp has 51 comments, and none of them are modded down to -1

Re:Japanese Geeks wants another kind of robot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450679)

I'm American, and I want a hentai maid-robot too...who wouldn't?

There's no -1's, but there's no 3,4, or 5's either. Clearly they use a very different moderation system. I don't know enough Japanese to tell, but perhaps moderations only change the title, not score, or only editors have mod points?

Re:Japanese Geeks wants another kind of robot (1)

MrLizardo (264289) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450725)

Or maybe they take moderation more seriously and don't up or down mod someone without a good reason?

-MrLizardo

Wrong! (5, Interesting)

DrInequality (521068) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450447)

I guess there's a market for this kind of thing in Japan. The mean age in Japan is approaching 70 and many of these older persons are living alone, so there are a lot of seniors that will require assistance with their daily life. A robot that can fetch medicine or notify the owner that it is time to take medicine or even notify the authorities if the owner doesn't move for more than a specified time.

Except the robot is useless for that. No hands for medicine and the camera will not be sufficiently well-placed for monitoring. There will only be a single (low-res) viewpoint of the world from low to the ground. There will be too many false alarms from sleeping, watching TV or just out of the house!

More than just "wow, this is cool! Imagine a beowulf cluster of these", this robot is a significant step forward for the assisted-living technological front.

Nope. The Japanese fixation with humanoid robots is not going to help caring for the elderly any time soon. We have no good way of dealing with flexible materials, no good vision-based object recognition for reasonable sets of objects and no way of doing truly dextrous manipulation (two arms at once!).

When someone produces a cheap robot with reasonable sensors and an open source development environment, we many be getting somewhere. Then, instead of reading Slashdot, you could be programming your own robot.

Re:Wrong! (2, Funny)

TGK (262438) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450681)

What about the NG-5 [irobotnow.com]? Surely something like this would be an ideal high end application of such a product?

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. -- I. Assimov

Re:A toy? (2, Interesting)

squaretorus (459130) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450451)

At last - all duties towards ageing relatives can be transferred to a robot carer. The cost / benefit of these things could be HUGE.

To pay for relatively minimal care for an elderly relative - even just a daily visit for half an hour to make sure they havent puked into the TV costs 5 figures a year. Extend that to relatively hands on / live in care and your looking at a significant percentage of even the best salary. If your siblings can't chip in and there no insurance around you can be looking at well over a million by the time they pop their clogs.

So even at a hundred grand one of these robots would be astoundingly good value assuming it dies the job for a few years without needing to be replaced.

Certainly by the time most of us are unable to reach for the remote ourselves out kids wont be saving up to build the extension for us to live in - they'll be saving up for a big robot to be our friend!

fun!

Re:A toy? (1)

smallfeet (609452) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450475)

>> assuming it dies the job

Dude, is this a Frudian slip or what?

And beside, most old fokes would be scared of the damn things and not want them in the house.

What we need are some elder care trained dogs or monkeys.

Comfort for the elderly.. (1)

Channard (693317) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450454)

The mean age in Japan is approaching 70 and many of these older persons are living alone, so there are a lot of seniors that will require assistance with their daily life. A robot that can fetch medicine or notify the owner that it is time to take medicine or even notify the authorities if the owner doesn't move for more than a specified time.

As long as you don't end up coming back to visit grandad and finding him buried up to his nuts in a two-legged Aibo.

Re:A toy? (5, Informative)

batura (651273) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450496)

The mean age in Japan is approaching 70

Uh, I thought that sounded a little rediculus, so I thought I would check around. I was right according to the this: CIA Factbook [cia.gov]

The mean and median ages are barely past forty.

Re:A toy? (4, Funny)

smellystudent (663516) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450660)

I think the original quote had something missing.
The mean age of 69 to 71 year-olds in Japan is approaching 70

Re:A toy? (2, Informative)

GerritHoll (70088) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450709)

...The mean age in Japan is approaching 70...

You're over-aggerating. According to the CIA World Fact Book [cia.gov], 18.6% is older than 65, while the median age is 42 (how could it be different ;-). A fertility rate of 1.38 is not very healthy indeed - although 22 countries have an even lower rate, especially is eastern europe. So the fact that those robots mainly come from Japan rather than Europe (or the USA) is not caused by the age structure, but must have other causes.

Do they really need this? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450332)

This will just foster more fascination with toys, as opposed to truly productive endeavors. For further examples, see any anime movie vs Hollywood classics, cartoon books versus truly great Western novels (Crime and Punishment, any Clavell novel, etc), karaoke bars and subway tubes to sleep off you hangover versus PTA and neighborhood associations, rampant adultery versus monogomy, bukkake vs Playboy, etc etc.

Something weird is going on over there.

Welcome (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450337)

I for one welcome our new overlord nuvo

Re:Welcome (-1)

TK2216UKG (733566) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450668)

By all means mod me down for flamebait, but these cliches are as irritating as they are ubiquitous.

Realdoll robotics (5, Funny)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450340)

Just what the porn industry needs. Wait till the makers of Real Doll create a version that walks, talks....and fucks.

Actually, I might pay for that. *grin*

You're crazy (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450346)

Why do you want it to talk?

Re:You're crazy (5, Funny)

Channard (693317) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450472)

Why do you want it to talk? So it can say 'Oh, you're so big!'. Or if you're using the special discounted ad-supported Robo Doll, it can say 'Oh, you're so big! But you could be bigger - visit www.vigorex.com'

Re:Realdoll robotics (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450358)

Actually, I might pay for that.

Most men do, it's called getting married.

Re:Realdoll robotics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450382)

Actually, the new toy will be a good tool for the porn industry to take underwear snaps of schoolgirs. And the best is that it can be remote controlled. Hehe!

Re:Realdoll robotics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450406)

Great idea, but NO! NO! NO! Don't let them talk!!!!

100 words, dance and mobile phone? (5, Funny)

maxmg (555112) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450345)

It will be able to understand 1,000 words, dance, and allow you to contact it via 3G phones

sounds like most girls you meet in clubs today...

Re:100 words, dance and mobile phone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450719)

Ha! I can tell you have been to Japan.

The price (5, Informative)

Hobbex (41473) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450349)

Since nobody has noted it yet, 500,000 yen is about $4,500.

Source: http://www.oanda.com/convert/classic

Re:The price (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450615)

Which for the English is about 3.50.

Re:The price (1)

Zakabog (603757) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450692)

Decisions decisions... walking talking robot... or a realdoll... how about a combination of both? On a segway while walking an AIBO?

Translation.... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450351)

The 2-pair-of-shoes bipedal robot which can play at home is put on the market just over or below [ one ] 500,000 yen also at the end of this year. It was opened to the public on the 2nd by "nuvo (?-bow)" which the venture business "ZMP" of robot development and Mizuno, a major sporting-goods company, developed jointly. The loan but for advertisement of a company famous is a center, generally "QRIO (KYURIO)" of Sony and "ASIMO (ASHIMO)" of Honda turn a 2-pair-of-shoes bipedal robot, and sale is new. nuvo is the height of 39cm, and the weight of 2.5km. It walks all around, and when it falls, supine and either which lies prone also rise by himself. About 1000 words of a conversation level are made to be memorized every day, and it salutes or dances according to directions. A camera is built in a face. The screen seen from the robot is checked from a going-out place using the 3rd generation cellular phone of NTT DoCoMo, and it becomes the "surveillance robot" which can also do remote control. The cost of development lessened this joint and held down the price. 3000 or more sets of sale are expected in the first year. (03/03 08:02)

Donald Duck (-1)

DonaldDuckBigO (749237) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450354)

Can I get this thing to play Daisy Duck's Japanese schoolgirl counterpart. If so, Donald Duck is going to buy one right away. He hasn't been getting any tail from Daisy Duck lately, so he's going to have a SCREAMING ORGASM when this thing finally shows up on my doorstep.

Use the fish (2, Informative)

orzetto (545509) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450356)

Here is a translation in... well, something like English [altavista.com].

DON'T use the fish! (5, Informative)

fbjon (692006) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450370)

The fish sucks for japanese, use excite.co.jp instead:

excite translation [excite.co.jp]

Re:DON'T use the fish! (2, Funny)

Max_Abernethy (750192) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450503)

Evidently, its weight is 2.5 kilometers.

Re:DON'T use the fish! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450573)

Yeah, Japanese use kiro to mean kilogram (kiroguramu) or kilometer (kirome-toru)

Oh boy! (1)

Raynach (713366) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450357)

It wil be able to understand 1,000 (Japanese) words, dance, and allow the owner to contact the robot via 3G phones.

Just what I've always wanted... a dancing robot! [penny-arcade.com]

My sister wants one, (1, Funny)

slackingme (690217) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450368)

but before I invest my hard-earned yen, I have to ask...

... does it run Linux?

Re:My sister wants one, (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450411)

And I want your Sister...

... does she like anal?

Funky! (1)

nordicfrost (118437) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450371)

The picture supplied on the article page (If it is the robot, my japanese is rusty) shows the awesome creativity of the japanese designers. This design would never have been approved by marketing here in conservative Europe.

Fuck that Eastern shit. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450378)

The West is the best.

Translation (by me)... (4, Informative)

line.at.infinity (707997) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450383)

A two-legged robot that can play at home will be sold at the end of the year at 500,000 yen (less than $5,000) per robot. Robot development venture ZMP and Sportswear maker Mizuno jointly developed "nuvo" -- released on March 2.

Among two-legged robots, Sony's QRIO and Honda's ASIMO are popular. Howver, they are mostly rented out, and serve purposes of advertisement -- not aimed at sale to the general public.

nuvo is 39 cm tall, 2.5 kg. It can walk in all four directions, and when it falls in either direction, it can get up with its own strength. It can be taught 1,000 words for daily colloquial speech. It can also do such things as bowing and dancing upon being instructed.

The face has a built-in camera. Using a 3G cell phone, images viewed by the robot can be confirmed, and remote operation can be practiced, making it a surveilance robot.

Joints, which are costly to develop, were minimized to lower its price. The companies look forward to selling 3,000 items by the beginning of next year.

Re:Translation (by me)... (4, Insightful)

MooCows (718367) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450441)

Actually this thing looks really well made.
If the voice-recognition in the vid is real, than that too is pretty sophisticated.

I only wonder how well it's pathfinding works (if there's any)
If it can't navigate a house there's not much use for it as assistance to a disabled person.

But for $4000, still an engineering achievement :)

More pics & movies (4, Informative)

News for nerds (448130) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450384)

here [impress.co.jp] of press event, hosted at PC watch. The robot can recover from fallen down state by himself. Enjoy

Lord of the Dance? (3, Funny)

Peeet (730301) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450394)

Michael Flatley I'm not, but I - even in my inherent inability to grasp the simplest dance steps - could hardly call that [asahi.com] dancing.

PS - For those wondering about the video post slashdotting, imagine an akward looking slot machine with pointlessly complex legs wobbling aimlessly across a stage in a rythm and fashion in no way whatsoever resembling the happy-love-fun-time-gogogo japanese techno music playing in the background.

Then call that "dancing".

Re:Lord of the Dance? (1)

Channard (693317) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450486)

PS - For those wondering about the video post slashdotting, imagine an akward looking slot machine with pointlessly complex legs wobbling aimlessly across a stage in a rythm and fashion in no way whatsoever resembling the happy-love-fun-time-gogogo japanese techno music playing in the background.

That's Riverdance, surely? Sounds like Herr Robot would fit right in.

Translation (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450396)

Here is a rough translation of this article. It is late, sue me. :)

At the end of the year, for 500,000 yen (approx. $5000) it will be possible to take home a new bipedal robot. Created jointly by a venture company (ZMP) and Mizuno Sports, the NUVO, as it's called, was revealed for 2 days.

While Sony's QRIO and Honda's ASIMO made bipedal robots famous for advertising, it is rare to have a robot directed at the general buyer.

NUVO, stands at a height of 39 cm and has a weight of 2.5 kgs. The robot can walk forwards and back, left and right, and if it happens to fall down, it is able to pick itself back up. In addition, the robot understands in the reach of about 1000 words, and it can preform various functions such as bowing and dancing.

Also, with a camera located in its head, NUVO owners can use NTT Docomo 3G Cell phone technology to see what the robot is seeing, and also control the robot from a distance.

The cost breakup was not given, but around 3000 units are expected to sell at the beginning of next year.

Japan Lagging.... (4, Interesting)

CodePyro (627236) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450402)

The US already has this... The Robo Sapien [solarbotics.net]...Japan is sooo behind the US in technology...they need to catch up(sarcasm)...The robosapien is much better...well atleast it looks alot better...

This Just In... (2, Funny)

natrius (642724) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450433)

A sequel has just been announced for the sequel to the critically acclaimed movie, You Got Served [imdb.com]. This film, entitled You Got Served Again, will reportedly center around a group of dancing teenage robots trying to prove their worth while dealing with the challenges they encounter growing up on the tough assembly lines of Japan.

Bipedal robot is a bad move from design standpoint (5, Interesting)

PingKing (758573) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450436)

A robot that moves using two legs is a bad move designwise. While we as humans need them (or rather needed them) for traversing different types of terrain, this bipedal robot can't even do that, making it having two legs pointless.

This is obviously a toy plain and simple, but you can't help wonder what kind of super maneveurable robot they could have created had they ploughed their efforts into something less pointless.

Re:Bipedal robot is a bad move from design standpo (2, Insightful)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450674)

This is obviously a toy plain and simple, but you can't help wonder what kind of super maneveurable robot they could have created had they ploughed their efforts into something less pointless.
Well, maybe they are still working on it. A reasonably mobile bipedal robot that can get up by itself would be a nice advance towards a bipedal robot that can navigate more difficult terrain, such as stairs.

Once they get to that point, making robots bipedal will make sense... since these robots will then be able to go where we go. Heh, I always wondered how R2D2 managed to travel more than 3 meters over the sands of Tatooine... but C3PO just walked across.

Let's brush those Japanese skills off.... (3, Informative)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450449)

Damn Babelfish... but they'll never put ME out of a job! (yet)

Here's my translation:

"A robot that can play in your household is going to be sold by the end of the year for roughly 5,000,000 yen. [translator's note: i.e. a lot of sushi] Both ZMP and maker of sports goods Mizuno, both having collaborated in this venture, have developed a robot called "nuvo", which was displayed to the public on the 2nd of this month.

[translators note: the robot's actual japanese characters are a bit cheeky.... one hiragana "nu" and one katakana "bo"... so it's name actually breaks typical Japanese writing traditions)]

Whilst the the two-legged robot "Qrio" from Sony and the "Asimo" from Honda are well-known, the marketing budgets for these robots haven't really been aimed at selling themselves to the general public.

Nuvo comes in at 39 centimeteres , and weighs it at 2.5 kilos. It can walk backwards and forwards, as well as left and right. When it falls over it lands on its back and stays down, getting up all by itself. It remembers close to 1000 words of conversation level Japanese, and upon instruction it can bow as well as dance.

It's head contains a built in camera. Utilising NTT DoCoMo's third generation cell phone technology, it is possible to view what the robot sees on the cell-phone's screen, technically becoming a remote control "surveillance robot".

Through the joint venture, it's development costs were held down. It is expected to sell over 3000 units in it's first year of sales."

So yeah, it's one damn small security robot....

Sony was first!!! (2, Redundant)

PCrazee (758571) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450464)

Sony is allways first ;)

I've seen this about 4 or 5 month ago:

http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/QRIO [sony.net]

Re:Sony was first!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450731)

Yes but sony have stated (no I don't have a link) that QRIO would cost the same amount as a family car.

gotta admit though wouldn't mind having one.

battlebots on a new level (4, Funny)

xangsta (75410) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450465)

Oh sweet a new era of battlebots...

not only do the bots slug it out, you also get to hear their masters yelling commands in japanese!

hmmm how do you say "ROBOT RIGHT CROSS" in japanese

it'd be cooler if the robots could speak, then they could trash talk each other....it'd be a half hour of action and crazy talk

Re:battlebots on a new level (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450488)

Rock'em, Sock'em Robots!
Hey, you knocked my block off!

When it looks and acts like Tom Servo, I'll buy one.

Robosapien? (0, Redundant)

dahamsta (161956) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450493)

Can't get much of an idea of scale from that photo, but it looks a lot like Mark Tilden's Robosapien, as previously reported on Slashdot [slashdot.org]. I guess the price would suggest it's a lot bigger, but Aibo ain't all that big and that's pretty expensive. :)

adam

(YA) human translation (3, Informative)

kahei (466208) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450501)

A domestic robot that walks on two legs could be on the market at 500,000 yen per unit early next year. Robot development venture ZMP has teamed up with major sports equipment company Mizuno to develop the Nuvo, it was revealed on the 2nd.

Bipedal robots such as Sony's Qrio and Honda's Asimo have already appeared but offerings directed at the general public have been rare.

Nuvo stands 39 cm high and weighs 2.5 kg. It can walk forward, back, left and right and if it falls over it can get up no matter which way up it is. It has a conversational vocabulary of nearly 1,000 words, and can obey an instruction to bow or dance.

The face contains an built-in camera. Using a 3rd generation NTT DoCoMo mobile phone the user can see through the robot's eye, so it can even fuction as a remote-controlled 'guard robot'.

Price was kept low by reducing the amount of expensive-to-develop joints. The makers hope to sell upwards of 3000 units in the first year.

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Too late to karma whore, but I like translating things...

English article (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450510)

There is an English article at the Japan times [japantimes.co.jp]

Legs - why? (5, Insightful)

Channard (693317) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450517)

If this really is intended for home use, I'd question the value of legs. Granted, this is from the land that produced Battletech and assorted Mech shows, but we've already seen a robot that can climb stairs on wheels. Surely a wheeled robot would be infinitely more stable that this one. Come home drunk and walk into a wheeled 'bot and you've stubbed your toe a bit. Walk into a walking bot and you could knock it over, damaging and possibly breaking it.

Re:Legs - why? (2, Insightful)

vranash (594439) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450536)

Robotech dude, battletech was a cheap ripoff made by americans that just copied the mecha designs and eventually got their license revoked after using them in videogames without paying their royalties (or somesuch).

-- vranash

Boy is *that* a mischaracterization of events. (1)

porkchop_d_clown (39923) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450609)

FASA lost the license long before the video games came out - and not because they were breaking the license but because the people who *sold* them the license didn't have the right to do it.

But the Robotech people were actually very nice about it - they made FASA change the names of the mecha but didn't make them change the images, which is why you can still find veritech-looking "wasps" and "stingers" and "phoenixhawks" in the Battletech board games.

Ok, so you can talk at it (4, Insightful)

Moderation abuser (184013) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450564)

And it can wiggle.

That's it?

But can it do the dishes? Vacuum? Take out the rubbish? Press the TV channel change button?

Re:Ok, so you can talk at it (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450639)

That's not a robot you're describing; it's your wife!

Re:Ok, so you can talk at it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450702)

For that, get a wife!

If Japan would stop illegally pumping the dollar.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8450604)

This useless thing would be more like $8k-$10k thus pricing it out of reach of all but the richest mongoloids.

But what does it DO? (4, Interesting)

mshiltonj (220311) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450631)

House robots need to do just a few useful things..

Get x
Put x

Get paper from curb
Get beer from fridge
Get book from shelf
Get remote from table
Get phone from cradle
Put item into the trash
Put toy in child's room

Turn on/off light

Dogs can be trained to do this stuff. Why not robots?

Of course, it has to be able to keep itself charged.

Robots will become even more useful and desirable when they can start doing particalar tasks:

Wash dishes
Take out trash
Scrub toilet
Change cat box
Vacuum floor
Do laundry

Don't talk to me about Roomba. I'm talking about a _generally_ smart humanoid robots that is capable of using other dumb machines to accomplish a task. I wish IBM would spend research dollars on this rather than research how to play a better game of chess. (Not that don't like chess!)

This allows for two things:

1) If the dumbs are designed to be used by a human, then the work can done interchangebly by human or robot. Robots will be ultimately replaceable.

Suppose you have a really competent roobmba, that keeps the floor nice and clean. So much so that you no longer have a vaccuum, becuase the roomba is the tool for the job. When the roomba breaks, you are sol.

If you have a dedicated (potentially non-humanoid) robot for each dedicated task, we beging to lose control of our environment and become dependant on the robots.

But an intelligent humanoid robot can step in right now and start using the tool already available to to any number of tasks.

If the robot breaks, humans can step and clean the bathroom with the same tools the robots has been using. Or, you will only need a single set of redundant intelligence in case of failure.

2) By keeping the intelligence (and the expense of intelligence) in a humanoid form, we gain a lot by allowing the peripheral tools to remain dumb -- and therefore cheap and "the same as it has always been."

The Robotic Age will not look much different than the age we are in now. All of the same stuff will be in place and work the same way. It's just that there will this additional robot that does some of the work.

As voice recognition becomes more tenable, it would be nice to put that complexity in one place for consumers. Instead of having the microwave, tv, a/c and lighting system each having their own voice recognition system -- ("TV, turn off." and "AC, set temperature to 74 degrees.") We can have a single system in a robot that can respond to our voice commands and operate all the existing dumb systems in our current households.

In my imagination, robots like what I'm envisioning above will be significant purchases for households, on the order of a vehicle purchase. They would be financed. You would have one or two per house. They would be insured.

Coming Sooner to Slashdot (0, Troll)

dbretton (242493) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450705)

Users who could give a damn about two-legged robots coming soon to Japan!

Yup, it's a troll, but I bet a whole bunch of you agree with me...

Why is Japan? (1)

StarTux (230379) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450724)

So far ahead on this cool stuff? Are Japanese geeks just better than their Western counterparts?

Or is it because the West, particularly the US is "ahead" litigation wise?

Creepy (1)

bdowne01 (30824) | more than 10 years ago | (#8450728)

It looks like that evil robot Maximilian [toymania.com] from that old Disney movie "The Black Hole". I'm kind of expecting it to whip out some helicoper blades and take out one of those photographers.
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