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Japan`s new robot brings visitors home by video-phone

Japanese researchers unveiled a robot that can mimic speech and gestures sent to it by video-phone.

Osaka: Japanese researchers on Sunday unveiled a
robot that can mimic speech and gestures sent to it by
video-phone, replicating a distant caller`s presence.

Dubbed the Telenoid R1, the robot will allow "people to
feel as if an acquaintance in the distance is next to you,"
according to its developers, Osaka University and the Advanced
Telecommunications Research Institute.

A sensor will transmit the caller`s sounds and movements
of the head, face and arms to a robot near the recipient, the
developers said.

In one demonstration, the robot relayed the voice and
movements of a grandchild speaking to a grandfather, saying
"I`d like to visit your place...but now my private tutor is
here to teach me."

In another demonstration, the same robot, transferring a
doctor`s presence, asked the same old man: "How are you
feeling lately?"

The developers expect the robot to be used in real-life
situations, for example in homes to provide company to elderly
people living alone.

The robot has been made to look similar to a human but
without hair, to appear "as both male and female, as both old
and young," the developers said.

The robot is expect to sell for about three million yen
(USD 34,000) for research purposes and 700,000 yen for general


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