Hitachi Ltd. has developed a humanoid robot that one day might safely navigate around offices and hospitals alongside people.
EMIEW 2 (Excellent Mobility and Interactive Existence as Workmate) sensors human movements and is capable of steering around obstacles, Hitachi said.
The robot also reduces its speed when it detects a possible collision. It is 80 centimeters tall and weighs 14 kilograms.
Hitachi said the robot moves around using stored data on its surroundings, such as “people often pop out of this corner” and “that door never opens.” That, it said, enables safe maneuvering in places occupied by people.
Although the company has not yet decided when the robot can be put into practical application, it envisages several uses for the machine, including escorting visitors, patrolling within a building and transporting objects.
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