Friday, May 20, 2005

Toshiba Showcases Two New "Home Life Support" Robots

Toshiba will be presenting two new robots at the Aichi Expo from June 9th to June 19th.

ApriAlpha version 3, is the latest iteration of a robot which is designed to identify and track multiple speakers and interact with them in simple conversations. ApriAlpha is pictured in the foreground of the picture at right.

ApriAttenda is designed to accompany people and maintain a constant distance. It is even capable of maintaining contact through cluttered environments with other people present. If it loses contact with the person it is following it is designed to search and try to restore contact.

The robots are considered testbeds along the way to producing machines which can act as companions and assistants. Commercialization of the technology is projected in about 6 years.