Hitachi Ltd. unveiled a humanoid robot on Feb. 21 that is capable of searching for things in a room and can respond to spoken commands.
The Emiew 2, which follows previous incarnations introduced in 2005 and 2007, can locate objects starting with a camera set up on the ceiling that records the location of objects in the room. The data is transmitted via wireless network to the "brain" of the Emiew 2.
The robot then matches the photographed items to 100 million items stored from the Internet in its database.
When an official asked, “Where is a watch?” the robot replied: “It is on Mr. Tanaka’s desk. I will show you."
The robot moved to Tanaka’s desk and pointed to the watch.
Although there is no date planned for the commercial use of Emiew 2, Hitachi hopes it will be put to work in offices and hospitals. The 80-centimeter tall, 14-kilogram robot can "walk" on wheels incorporated into its feet.
Emiew is an acronym for "excellent mobility and interactive existence as workmate."
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