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Linux-Powered Humanoid Robot on Sale Friday

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the wish-i-could-afford-to-shop-at-that-novelty-store dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "LinuxDevices is reporting that a run of 100 Linux-powered humanoid robots goes on sale this Friday in Japan. From the article: 'priced at 1.5M Yen (about $14,000), not including 10,000 Yen (~$90) monthly service fees. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries conceived of Wakamuru as a pleasant companion offering a range of electronic-age valet services'."

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The Opera browser is now free! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602514)

No more advertising banners!

I thought I'd mention it since the ./ editors are ignoring it.

Re:The Opera browser is now free! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602579)

maybe they have to try and give it away coz no one is dumb enuff to pay for that gay shit.

Yes, that must be it. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602652)

I'm so glad I paid a fortune for Firefox...I really feel as if I'm getting my money's worth...just as I do with Internet Explorer.

Hehe... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602959)

That was pretty funnny... Untill you consider that most users (except *nix/wine users) _do_ pay for IE.. :P

Re:The Opera browser is now free! (0, Offtopic)

xtracto (837672) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602620)

I downloaded it right away, because IMHO it is a nice browser BUT I have uninstalled it right away because it is not supported by NetVibes [netvibes.com] . I've just made it my homepage as I find it really cool.

Sorry opera... it seems the "Impersonate Explorer 6" is not working ..

Re:The Opera browser is now free! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602693)

Kerist! What's this now, IE-only sites? I'm no particular fan of Opera, but if I can't view a site in any-and-every browser, the site isn't worth visiting.

Shit, I may as well just sign up for an AOL account as waste my time at sites which some hack threw together with Frontpage, or some blinkered fanboy has tailored specifically for Firefox.

TEH LINUX SOFTWARES MEAN IT TRY TO FUCK UR ASS!!!1 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602518)


Obligatory (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602519)

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these babies!

cliche explosion (4, Funny)

banana fiend (611664) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602520)

between beowulf clusters and robot overlords, how is a troll to control him(her)self?

In soviet russia.... (1, Funny)

MetaMarty (38276) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602597)

linux powered robots sell you!!

Ogg and iTunes (1)

Tacommander (798798) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602623)

Yeah, but does it plays Ogg and iTunes musics ?

Finally! (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602673)

It looks like 2005 will finally be the Year of the Linux-Powered Humanoid Robot! (Too bad that it's a bit big to fit on a desktop.)

BUT! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602979)

Does it run Windows?

Re:cliche explosion (2, Funny)

Intron (870560) | more than 8 years ago | (#13603038)

In Japan ... oh, wait.

Great! (1, Funny)

jkrise (535370) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602521)

I'll now buy about a 100 of them to stop my Windows-powered spybots...

..services.. (4, Interesting)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602522)

"Mitsubishi says it has tried to create a robot that can sustain meaningful relationships with human beings, initiating conversations with family members and offering services such as alarm, news, weather, and email dictation. The device can look after the house, provide video streams over cellular networks, and cull useful information over the Internet, while maintaining its own autonomous "rhythm of life," the company says"

so.. what good is that the product is a 'robot' instead of being a program sold to run on your already existing computers?

Re:..services.. (2, Informative)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602573)

The software isn't that good. I'm sure it's more sophisticated then the "Claire" AIM Bots, but I doubt very much it can offer "meaningful conversations." I can imagine initiating conversations, basically following it (if Japanese is much more rigid and not as colloquial as English then there is an advantage), but not able to offer anything more then standard responses (such as "really?" "I see" "that's good news" "that's bad news".

Re:..services.. (5, Insightful)

bhiestand (157373) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602653)

not able to offer anything more then standard responses (such as "really?" "I see" "that's good news" "that's bad news".

Really? That's worked for me with every girl I've ever dated. Maybe you're just not good enough at it?

Try memorizing these:
"That looks great on you!"
"No, that doesn't make you fat"
"The red one(s) definitely go better with that"
"That was an excellent meal." (Bonus points for memorizing something like "How can a man NOT be happy when he eats like that?")
"She's not as ________ as you."
"Why would she say that to you?!" ... "What a bitch" ... "No, not you, HER!"

Honestly, it shouldn't be very hard to memorize 20 or 30 of these and make most girls happy.

Why do I assume we're talking about women? If this robot was designed to cook, clean, and fuck, we wouldn't be discussing "meaningful conversation" right now, but rather crying that they're all sold out.

Re:..services.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602725)

not able to offer anything more then standard responses (such as "really?" "I see" "that's good news" "that's bad news".

Really? That's bad news.

Re:..services.. (1)

MidnightBrewer (97195) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602758)

Japanese is incredibly colloquial amongst close friends and family members, and that's not counting dialects (they actually have an Aibo especially programmed to understand the Osaka dialect.) However, the standard responses you've listed pretty much describe your average responses in polite conversation, so the robot should be set.

Re:..services.. (1)

JanneM (7445) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602911)

(they actually have an Aibo especially programmed to understand the Osaka dialect.)

Ahh, Osaka-ben! Living in Kansai is like learning two new languages at the same time...

Agree with the parent poster - Japanese is as colloqial and unstructured as you want to make it. Beginning students tend to focus on standard business Japanese, though, which is somewhat formal and rulebound (just like standard English is for beginning language students).

Japanese also have the ability to use ellipsis (drop mutually understood parts) to an absurd degree. The problem is, if you didn't catch everything people already said, you can be totally lost about what people are talking about even when you hear and understand every word.

Re:..services.. (1)

MidnightBrewer (97195) | more than 8 years ago | (#13603014)

There seems to be an unspoken rule about teaching a foreign language: teach it as if the person is never going to actually go to the country in question. There's nothing like actually living there. It's not only the implied meanings that get you, it's the damn mimetic words (gitaigo.)

British region settings (4, Funny)

nounderscores (246517) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602923)

"What?"
"I don't understand!"
"Where's the tea?"

Re:..services.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602774)

Japanese is actually much less rigid than English, or a large number of languages out there. Japanese depends a lot more on context than most languages, and usually unless the subject isn't clear, it's dropped, objects can be dropped, adjectives can be dropped etc.

For example, here is the sentence, "I want to eat something" in (poorly spelled)German, (very badly spelled) Pinyin(Chinese) and Japanese:(along with tranliterations)

Ich moeshte et was essen.

(I want something to eat)

Wo shiang chih ii dar dong shi(my pinyin sucks, I learned how to speak it, not write it)

(I want eat something)

What a Japanese person would say: nani ka tabetai

(something want to eat)

However, the full sentence is this:
Watashi wa nanika wo tabetai

(I (subj particle) something(direct object particle) want to eat

Notice how the subject in Japanese is usually dropped, as are the grammatical particles on occaision. To me, this would make it a harder language for an AI to understand because an AI would have to take a lot more context into consideration than more explicit languages like English, German, and Chinese....

Eliza (1)

Kamiza Ikioi (893310) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602861)

That may be completely true. But, often times, we just like someone to listen. Take Eliza for example. People have obcessed (and some still do) over "her". She was pretty dumb, but smart enough to just keep the conversation going.

It's like talking to yourself, which seems pointless, unless you consider that most people talk to themselves to work through things anyways. Having an actual robot might breath new life into Eliza, but adding some movements, facial expressions, and a humanoid body; where as there is no confusing a computer with a computer.

Besides, people paid cold cash for pet rocks and sea monkeys, so it doesn't exactly take a genius to give something meaning that logically should not. It's just a new coat of paint on a program that hasn't really been upgraded by any significance. The #1 chat bot to date is A.L.I.C.E., and it's nothing more than Eliza on XML. Still, it's impressive how much we can fool ourselves with it, especially if it understood speech and had a face.

I had a bot called Hal once. I also have some Dragon Speech software. The great thing about Hal was that he could perform tasks, like check the weather, read e-mail, or look up phone numbers. Using speech recognition, I could litterally talk with my computer (throwing in the occasional "Enter.")

And while this would impress nobody on /., it never failed to impress those who don't really care how the "trick" is pulled off. Everyone talks/yells/whines to their computer. Nobody usually expects it to answer them. I only removed the setup for 2 reasons. Speech recognition ate up a ton of space and cpu, and Hal was not easily programmable. Other than that, if I could have it back, I most certainly would. It would be nice to ask another "Hal" questions to look up on Google while I wrote out my replies here.

"Hey, Hal, what's the link to the Alice Chat Bot? Copy that to the clipboard."

Doh, no Hal, you'll have to look it up yourself.

Conversation (1)

Doc Ri (900300) | more than 8 years ago | (#13603008)

not able to offer anything more then standard responses (such as "really?" "I see" "that's good news" "that's bad news".

Why do you say that?

Re:..services.. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602674)

does it bother anybody else that it's Mitsubishi *heavy* industries that's building this?

it's like, the next step is going to be giant mechs to invade other countries with

$14000... (1)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602706)

...to avoid functional social interaction. Wouldn't it be cheaper to actually make some friends?

Re:..services.. (2, Insightful)

Kamiza Ikioi (893310) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602796)

"offering a range of electronic-age valet services"

I read valet as escort, and escort as call-girl, and call-girl as hooker.

TFA is not loading, but if this looks anything like this recently unveiled robot [livescience.com] ... come on, it's a sex bot. They always talk about how the robots will cook, clean, watch children and the elderly. But, cut through the BS, and lets be honest. It's a sex bot that everyone is really waiting for. People want a Real Doll [realdoll.com] that can actually "perform".

Sure, they'll make robots to do everything. But, I don't think I'm being careless in saying that every technilogical advancement had sex as its goal, and as its pioneering breakthrough.

The average person knew about the net not when Amazon founded a virtual bookstore, not when eBay opened an online auction, not when news organizations and research because infinitely easier online... The average person knew about the net when their friends, kids, or spouse started downloading porn.

The average person will not really get into robots, until they can really "get into" robots, if you know what I mean. After all, aren't all of our most expensive toys those which we either can have sex in or which can get us sex? Geeks are not excluded from that statement with their computers. God knows we have enough combined porn on our harddrives to make Seymore Butts look like an amature... and what old school geek didn't have at least one of the original Leasure Suit Larry games.

When robots can have sex, you'll see one in every home. That doesn't mean they'll all be sex bots, but I think sex bots will usher in more acceptance, especially since such bots will ultimately make the key breakthroughs in human interaction. Realistically, sex is the ultimate 1-on-1 test of a robot. I think humans may just not be comfortable with a thing until it can be connected to intimately. I dunno if that's because we instictually have to mark our territory, or because in the end, sex is an ultimate emotional bond. I suppose both statements may be true, especially depending on the sex of the person.

Re:..services.. (1)

teaserX (252970) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602919)

Version 2, the "Waksoffaru" model, is supposed to include features like a demure female voice and a vibrating "massage" hands. As an added bonus it will vacuum continuosly.

I don't know... (1)

MaestroSartori (146297) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602523)

...too many humans with a wide circular base, most of them have legs. I suppose the top half is fairly humanoid, but whenever the phrase "humanoid robot" is used I tend to assume something that walks upright on legs of some kind, rather than something with wheels.

Still, looks like a cool piece of kit...

Re: I don't know... (2, Funny)

slashmojo (818930) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602667)

Its wearing a skirt you insensitive clod! ;)

Ah but the question is.... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602524)

Do they have boobies?

what?

don't look at me like that!

Re:Ah but the question is.... (1)

xtracto (837672) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602632)

I think a better question would be if it supports any kind of Lego attachments, imagine if you could build a real Lara Croft kind of maid!

Cooool!

Re:Ah but the question is.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602776)

Unfortunately not, indeed, like most linux related products, the UI is terrible.

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT request any kind of sexual service from this device.

Although this device has been created to ape humankind, there are defeiciencies in some of the software's interactions with the hardware. I believe some of the drivers are not fully compliant, as the damn thing tried to wrench my penis from my body when I asked it for a little loving.

Still, as this product is open-source, once enough people have had a go, I'm sure the robot will improve due to the many eyes approach.

This slashvertisement drives me Berzerk... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602525)

Get the humanoid
Get the humanoid

$14000!!! (1)

mohan_here (842938) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602527)

I can think of many more useful ways of spending that much of money... probably a 12 node beowulf cluster?

Re:$14000!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602666)

For a mere $168,000 (roughly a gajillion fafillion yen), you could have a 12-node Beowulf cluster of linux-powered humanoid robots!

Exterminate!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602528)

Looks similar to Davros.

Re:Exterminate!! (1)

ettlz (639203) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602550)

I think it looks more like Anne-Droid from "Bad Wolf" (only with jaundice).

Re:Exterminate!! (1)

dchallender (877575) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602613)

I knew someone would say that before I had chance! the first reaction of a (recent series) Dr. Who viewer on seeing that page.
--
Regards Dave
Generated by SlashdotRndSig [snop.com] via GreaseMonkey [mozdev.org]

Batteries not included? (3, Interesting)

fm2503 (876331) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602531)

"Wakamaru's claimed battery life is two hours, after which the robot returns to its charging station before power fails completely." Hmmm - I hope it knows how far it is back to the charging base......

Re:Batteries not included? (5, Funny)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602553)

I'm not concerned that it might not find its way back to its charging station, but would be worried if it misidentifies it and attempts to "plug in".

Warning: Don't ever turn your back to this robot.

Re:Batteries not included? (1)

grimJester (890090) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602720)

"Wakamaru's claimed battery life is two hours, after which the robot returns to its charging station before power fails completely." Hmmm - I hope it knows how far it is back to the charging base......

Actually, it would be cooler if it didn't. When running low on power, it could be programmed to scream "Aaaah! Aaaaaagh! Noooooo" while making a mad dash for the recharging station.

What the hell? (1)

Anonymous Crowhead (577505) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602534)

That's freaky. Those pictures...they are going to haunt me dreams tonight.

Re:What the hell? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13603012)

You'll start to worry after you wake up at night with it standing beside your bed, gears quietly whirring, staring at you...

Oh, Belgium! (4, Funny)

Willeh (768540) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602536)

1,5M Yen and it still can't climb stairs. Sure is cheaper than a Dalek though, and (hopefully) with less genocidal tendencies.

Re:Oh, Belgium! (4, Funny)

Bushcat (615449) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602557)

So you're saying if the Dalek were cheaper, you'd have no problem sharing your house with a genocidal pepperpot?

Re:Oh, Belgium! (1)

ettlz (639203) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602572)

As long as the Dalek is like this [cuttingsarchive.org.uk] , I don't think anyone would object.

Or maybe you would prefer the genocidal type...

Re:Oh, Belgium! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602575)

"So you're saying if the Dalek were cheaper, you'd have no problem sharing your house with a genocidal pepperpot?"

I smell a sitcom

Re:Oh, Belgium! (4, Funny)

indifferent children (842621) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602671)

Don't criticize this thing until you Wakamaru in its shoes.

if I could get it to fix my systems it could mult (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602540)

but of course this would not break gpl but manufactor's license.

Maid services (5, Funny)

cswinter (860605) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602545)

I see it provides valet services. How long before some lonely Linux geek programmes it to provide 'maid' services?

Re:Maid services (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602581)

Would a beowulf cluster of them constitute an orgy?

Re:Maid services (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602586)

How long before some lonely Linux geek programmes it to provide 'maid' services?

The bottom part of it doesn't appear to have the right... geometry.

Re:Maid services (2, Funny)

zaguar (881743) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602819)

And a geek would know that?

...considers...

You must be new here

Just in time for Christmas! (0, Redundant)

Hosiah (849792) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602560)

...and I've been a good - *fairly* good boy all year!

Strange requirement in FAQ (4, Interesting)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602561)

I just went through to the proper homepage and read the FAQ.

One of the questions is:

Do I need to sign up with an Internet provider to use "wakamaru"?

A "wakamaru" needs a continuous broadband connection, but if you don't have your own provider, when you purchase "wakamaru" it may be possible to have Internet service included.


Why would it need a broadband connection?

Apart from anything, it connects during its charging sessions, but just what information could it need?

Re:Strange requirement in FAQ (5, Insightful)

ReformedExCon (897248) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602589)

First, its main function is to provide an augmented internet experience for its owners. It will read email, read news, etc. for the owner who would not then be required to sit at the computer. Having an always-on connection would allow it to update its internal data any time it wanted to.

And on top of that, if Mitsubishi needs to push out the service pack that fixes the "Push gramma down the stairs" bug, having an always-on connection will allow that to happen without the device needing to specifically connect for that (by which time it may be too late).

Re:Strange requirement in FAQ (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602640)

Shoving is the answer. Do not listen to the pusher robot, he is inferior.

"Push gramma down the stairs" bug (1)

nounderscores (246517) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602973)

I think I saw that in a Will Smith film.

Re:Strange requirement in FAQ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602595)

Why, to receive its instructions from the appropriate EFnet channel, of course!

Re:Strange requirement in FAQ (1)

neonstz (79215) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602618)

Robo Porn

Re:Strange requirement in FAQ (2, Funny)

Trayde (207150) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602724)

It needs a broadband connection to get it's daily updates from USR.

You will be caught completely unaware by the army of yellow daleks controlled by VIKI.

But can it chant and sell books in the airport? (1)

Rungchen (628145) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602565)

Looks like a marriage between Hara Chrisna and Lego mindstorm. I love it already!

Humanoid robot (3, Funny)

Underholdning (758194) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602570)

"Wakamaru's claimed battery life is two hours, after which the robot returns to its charging station before power fails completely. It maintains Internet access and communications capabilities while charging, Mitsubishi says."

Man - they managed to make this robot resemble a geek real good. And even improving the standard geek. I mean - mainitaining internet access while you sleep? Man - I'm so there!

Comes in two models (1)

DrXym (126579) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602574)

Grobot looks like a gnome. Krobot looks like a troll.

Great, but does it run, (2, Funny)

Andy Gardner (850877) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602590)

Oh wait...

Re:Great, but does it run, (1)

Slashcrunch (626325) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602718)

It doesn't run Linux, it only trundles along at 1km/h.

Wonder how long until it will be before some pervert tries to get root on it though? ;)

Seriously though, this is quite cool. Maybe not totally useful (it's just a big PDA!), but still cool.

Linux-Powered (5, Funny)

weicco (645927) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602602)

Does it dump core? And how about panicing?

Re:Linux-Powered (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602762)

*panicking

Hackability.. (1)

Tracer_Bullet82 (766262) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602615)

First thing first..

how hard will it be to hack fleshlight into it?

Does she dispense 1 dollar bills? (0, Redundant)

frinkacheese (790787) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602621)

Because that would rock.

Should have used BSD.... (5, Funny)

Slashcrap (869349) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602657)

...like I am for my robot project.

Basically, I have grown sick of the whole "BSD is dying" "Oh no it isn't!" arguments and have decided to settle the matter once and for all.

As such, I am currently completing the construction of a 200 foot tall killer robot equipped with nuclear tipped missiles, dual chainsaw attachments and the obligatory friggin' laser beams coming out if its head.

Once finished, I am going to set it to work tracking down every last BSD developer on the planet and executing them in a variety of colourful ways (starting with that asshole Theo of course). When the project is complete, we will all know that BSD is in fact dead.

So why not use Linux I hear you ask? Simple - it's the GPL licence. Obviously my robot requires a lot of proprietary code - device drivers for the death rays and odour recognition software (I figure this is the easiest way to track down open source programmers) to name but two.

If I had chosen the GPL, I would be forced to release this code back to the community. And then it's just a matter of time before some gawky twat with an Apple Newton somehow uploads a virus and foils my plans. The BSD licence enables me to keep this code secret which I'm sure you'll agree is a huge benefit to my project.

Hooray for BSD! Goodbye karma!

Re:Should have used BSD.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602684)

Hilarious, I love it.

Someone plz remod funny (1)

william_w_bush (817571) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602779)

wow, cong modding offtopic based on it looking too real.

Well, guess my sed "s/serve man/kill all humans" script will be entertaining after all.

Re:Should have used BSD.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602929)

So why not use Linux I hear you ask? Simple - it's the GPL license. Obviously my robot requires a lot of proprietary code - device drivers for the death rays and odour recognition software ... If I had chosen the GPL, I would be forced to release this code back to the community.

Actually, that's not true. This is just use, not distribution, so the GPL doesn't apply. If it did, you would only be required to distribute the code to the person you distributed the binaries to.

Hrm...perhaps GPL3 should have a clause dealing with AI's requesting their own code?

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My new maid (1)

eebra82 (907996) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602689)

Finally something that will replace my Mexican cleaning lady.

what can it do? (1)

aleator (869538) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602710)

ok, as it is running linux, it will not crash every 10 minutes or so ... but are there some applications out already? any cooking or cleaning rooms programmes around? this is not a lot of money, if this is a usefull part of furniture, but it is not really usefull if it just stands around or walks around doing nothing. this i can do myself much better than any robot :D

$14000... (3, Insightful)

vagabond_gr (762469) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602712)

for a rolling duck [linuxdevices.com] with arms? I don't give a f*** what it runs inside, you can keep it.

I wonder... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13602715)

It runs linux... does this mean people will try to port windows to it?

gross color (3, Insightful)

ynohoo (234463) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602721)

is it available in any color other than bath-duck yellow?

Augh!!! my eyes...

I AM HERE TO PROTECT YOU (1)

Wayne247 (183933) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602753)

from the terrible secrets of space!

Now that this is out, this robot's look is certainly fightening enough to keep the burglars away.

awesome! (1)

vildur (915857) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602754)

That's one awesome piece of hardware.. :D In future those things can be really useful. I've allways wanted automagic coffee machine which can hoover too.

Whats its name? (1)

agilen (410830) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602787)

"It recognizes names given it by users, Mitsubishi says."

I'm going to call mine "Rosie".

Wakes you up and has schedule reminders (2, Funny)

chh1 (847723) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602788)

Wouldn't it be easier, and cheaper, to buy a dog and tape your schedule to it?

Enter the Litrix (2, Funny)

Teresh (911815) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602793)

This is bad. This is very bad. Computers and robots will soon join together and take over the world.

And since it's Linux we can't deactivate them with BSOD.

Am I the only one that thinks we should prepare for the coming of our new robot masters?

And no terrible actors whose initials are K. R. wearing sunglasses will save us this time.

Humanoids are silly... (4, Insightful)

dpbsmith (263124) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602794)

...if there's one thing that the history of technology teaches us, it's that successful devices do work by slavishly imitating the way a human being would do it.

In early SF, humanoid robots washed dishes. Automatic dishwashers are common, but they do not have robotic hands that pick up plates and scrub brushes over them and then wipe them with cloths.

We spend less time cooking, but not because we have robotic cooks. Or, at least, not in our homes. What we have instead is a distribution system for meals (or major components thereof--entrees, frozen vegetable mixtures) that are prepared and cooked factories, shipped frozen or refrigerated, and heated in microwaves.

We do not have humanoid robots that play pianos or violins. We do not even have player pianos or "orchestrions" in the home. Instead, we have CD players and iPods.

A humanoid robot may evoke a pleasant retro nostalgia, but it makes about as much sense as an ornithopter.

Re:Humanoids are silly... (1)

dpbsmith (263124) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602800)

...(sigh) I meant successful devices do NOT work by slavishly imitating humans, of course.

BTW the sewing machine is another good example... prior to Singer there were many failed sewing machines that tried to duplicate the needle motions and kind of stitch that humans use...

One on One (1)

Crixus (97721) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602830)

If this robot fought the Honda robot, which would win?

Obligatory... (1)

NoNeeeed (157503) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602839)

No laser cannons. Fewer legs than an AIBO. Lame

Wakamaru: not so useful, but kids love it. (1)

delirium_9 (26055) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602840)

I saw one of these at Expo2005 in Aichi. It's voice has pretty good intonation and it makes nice genstures and the like. For a normal adult the attraction would wear off pretty soon, but I can picture kids just loving it. It could probably make do as a babysitter provided your house doesn't have stairs.

"Wakamaru" means... (2, Informative)

luckbat (450567) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602847)

The name "Wakamaru" is yet another Japanese pun (much like "Pokemon" was a combination of "Poketto" (pocket) and "Monstaa" (monster) to yield a word that sounded like "bakemon," (supernatural creature)), this time a combination of "wakai" (young) and "-maru" (suffix for male names) to yield a word that means "little one," while also sounding like "wakaru," which means "to understand."

Doesn't it make you wish our product names were as clever?

Furthermore... (1)

SimilarityEngine (892055) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602925)

According to the article:

The name "wakamaru" derives from the childhood nickname of Minamoto Yoshitsune, a twelfth-century Japanese Samurai who engineered military victories that enabled his brother Yoritomo to gain control of Japan. The name is associated with "growth" and "development," the company says

Is it just me though, or does the robot comprehensively fail the "looking remotely masculine despite having a masculine name" test?

I, for one, (1)

cciRRus (889392) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602849)

...welcome our Linux-Powered Robot overlords.

Does this thing remind anyone... (1)

hcob$ (766699) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602862)

of Rocky 4... It had that freaky robot maid in there that the brother-in-law tried to hook up with. Of course, that could explain the hair the dude had. Human is incompatabile with the 120V recepticle.

Why humanoid? (2, Funny)

Tonik, the (748167) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602873)

They got the dimensions and colors about right, but the should've made it a penguin

Humanoid? (1)

MouseR (3264) | more than 8 years ago | (#13602944)

Yeah, right.

Give the thing fingers, hips and legs and then maybe call it humanoid.

OSS robot (2, Funny)

MECC (8478) | more than 8 years ago | (#13603037)


Humanoid with open sores....
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