Interactive household robots conquer Tokyo

Bailones, talkative and smartphone functions, interactive household robots are the highlight of 2015 IREX, the International Exhibition of Robotics Tokyo, which began today to show the latest developments in the industry.

A total of 446 companies have until Saturday developments in the sector in a gigantic show spanning five wards of central Tokyo Big Sight convention in the capital.

Although most of the 1,882 booths in the exhibition are devoted to industrial equipment (1,328), small interactive robots and androids designed for home use have attracted the attention of visitors.

Which has managed to grab everyone’s attention was the small RoBoHon, electronics manufacturer Sharp, a robot 19.5 centimeters high and 390 grams, which functions as a smartphone.

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The crowd swirled around the android to see the latest demonstration of its capabilities, among which include taking pictures, projecting on surfaces such as a table or wall, as well as reading and writing emails at the user through voice dictation.

RoBoHon is also able to remember the faces of people who registered through its front camera and call them by name.

«(With the creation of RoBoHon) wanted to join the many technological sectors we work,» he told Efe Toshiyuki Matsumura, the communication department of Sharp.

Although the terminal was originally designed for the Japanese market, the company considers export after the high interest generated abroad following its introduction last October at CEATEC 2015 technology.

The conceptual video of the product has a month after nearly 2.5 million views on his channel YouTube and social network «more than half are from abroad,» said Matsumura.

Although the release date is unclear, Sharp plans to market the device would in the first half of 2016, according to Japan’s Kyodo forward.

Japanese robotics company Vstone has been another who has decided to invest in robots small (perfect for positioning on a table) with an endearing aspect and communicative functions, with a three androids called Sota.

Nor he missed the meeting the communications giant Softbank accompanied by his iconic Pepper, who also conducted visitor reception functions in the booths of other companies.

In addition to the android market for the playful, another area which is gaining strength in the development of robots is the care at home and in health centers.

The Japanese company Panasonic, which in recent years has strengthened its business of equipment for the smart home, took Hospi IREX 2015, a robot with cylindrical shape and a monitor where a smile face is drawn.

The machine, whose function is the delivery of drugs, is already used in four Japanese hospitals in Osaka and around the capital, and four units have been exported to Singapore, he told Efe a spokesman for the company.

With a similar purpose conceived his Toyota Partner Robot (robot companion), a vertical structure of one meter (extendable to 1.35 meters) and 37 kilos of weight, with an arm capable of grasping and transporting objects and perform simple tasks like dusting flat surfaces with a cloth.

The robot, which is controlled by an application installed on a device like a tablet application, was designed for domestic use to assist sick or disabled reducida.Bailones, talkative and people with smartphone functions, interactive robots are household IREX highlight of 2015, the International Exhibition of Robotics Tokyo, which began today to show the latest developments in the industry.

A total of 446 companies have until Saturday developments in the sector in a gigantic show spanning five wards of central Tokyo Big Sight convention in the capital.

Although most of the 1,882 booths in the exhibition are devoted to industrial equipment (1,328), small interactive robots and androids designed for home use have attracted the attention of visitors.

Which has managed to grab everyone’s attention was the small RoBoHon, electronics manufacturer Sharp, a robot 19.5 centimeters high and 390 grams, which functions as a smartphone.

The crowd swirled around the android to see the latest demonstration of its capabilities, among which include taking pictures, projecting on surfaces such as a table or wall, as well as reading and writing emails at the user through voice dictation.

RoBoHon is also able to remember the faces of people who registered through its front camera and call them by name.

«(With the creation of RoBoHon) wanted to join the many technological sectors we work,» he told Efe Toshiyuki Matsumura, the communication department of Sharp.

Although the terminal was originally designed for the Japanese market, the company considers export after the high interest generated abroad following its introduction last October at CEATEC 2015 technology.

The conceptual video of the product has a month after nearly 2.5 million views on his channel YouTube and social network «more than half are from abroad,» said Matsumura.

Although the release date is unclear, Sharp plans to market the device would in the first half of 2016, according to Japan’s Kyodo forward.

Japanese robotics company Vstone has been another who has decided to invest in robots small (perfect for positioning on a table) with an endearing aspect and communicative functions, with a three androids called Sota.

Nor he missed the meeting the communications giant Softbank accompanied by his iconic Pepper, who also conducted visitor reception functions in the booths of other companies.

In addition to the android market for the playful, another area which is gaining strength in the development of robots is the care at home and in health centers.

The Japanese company Panasonic, which in recent years has strengthened its business of equipment for the smart home, took Hospi IREX 2015, a robot with cylindrical shape and a monitor where a smile face is drawn.

The machine, whose function is the delivery of drugs, is already used in four Japanese hospitals in Osaka and around the capital, and four units have been exported to Singapore, he told Efe a spokesman for the company.

With a similar purpose conceived his Toyota Partner Robot (robot companion), a vertical structure of one meter (extendable to 1.35 meters) and 37 kilos of weight, with an arm capable of grasping and transporting objects and perform simple tasks like dusting flat surfaces with a cloth.

The robot, which is controlled by an application installed on a device like a tablet application, was designed for domestic use to assist sick or disabled people.