Hitachi robot steers clear of humans

March 08, 2014

By KIYOHIDE INADA/ Staff Writer

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.

By KIYOHIDE INADA/ Staff Writer
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EMIEW 2, a robot that can maneuver around humans and obstacles, was developed by Hitachi Ltd. The photo was taken March 7 in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture. (Kiyohide Inada)

EMIEW 2, a robot that can maneuver around humans and obstacles, was developed by Hitachi Ltd. The photo was taken March 7 in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture. (Kiyohide Inada)

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  • EMIEW 2, a robot that can maneuver around humans and obstacles, was developed by Hitachi Ltd. The photo was taken March 7 in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture. (Kiyohide Inada)

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