Robotic butlers sweep the floor at show

 作者:夏侯谧     |      日期:2019-03-02 09:19:09
By Will Knight (Image: Reuters) (Image: AFP/Getty) Robotic butlers and household helpers have gone on show alongside more conventional industrial machines at the world’s largest robot show in Tokyo, Japan. Among the hundreds of robots at the 2005 International Robot Exhibition, which ends on Saturday, are several designed to help relieve people of dull, everyday chores. These include Hitachi’s EMIEW which can perform basic household tasks, such as fetching items from another room. The two-wheeled robot keeps its balance using a set of internal gyroscopes, as demonstrated by two videos, available here and here (require Windows Media Player). EMIEW can also recognise and locate its owner by listening out for their voice. Another Japanese robotics firm called Tmsuk also unveiled a domestic robot, named RIDC-01. This bot not only cleans and dusts, but can keep its owner entertained by projecting DVD movies onto the wall – though not at the same time. Other robots designed to make life easier in the home include NEC’s PaPeRo. Roughly the size of a waste-paper basket, PaPeRo can respond to calls and plays games with humans. It is designed to act as a companion for young children or the elderly. The exhibition is organised by the Japan Robot Association and media company Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun and has been held every other year since 1973. The 2005 show has robots developed by 152 companies and 40 research organisations from around the world. Over its history the event has shown off an increasing number of household bots, though industrial robots still dominate the show floor. One new industrial robot on display is a two-armed automobile-making bot created by Japanese company Motoman. With long multi-jointed arms,