Humanoid Robotic Begins Work at Japanese Division Retailer

Wearing a kimono and smiling, Aiko Chihira greets consumers on the entrance of Tokyo’s Mitsukoshi division retailer. However Chihira is not any common worker — she is a humanoid robotic.

Developed by Toshiba final yr, the robotic made its debut on the retailer on Monday in a brand new position interacting with clients. Talking Japanese, Chihira, which has human-like options and blinks, can be programmed to talk in different languages reminiscent of Chinese language.

"It might be good if we will have her present steerage, or advocate numerous issues in Chinese language," stated Hitoshi Tokuda, Toshiba’s new enterprise improvement division group supervisor. "… Individuals might be wanting round and assume, ‘Oh if Aiko is round, she will converse Chinese language’. That is what I hope will occur."

Toshiba has stated Chihira has forty three motors which permit it to maneuver. The robotic can also be programed to do Japanese signal language. Chihira, at present not programed to answer buyer complaints or questions, just isn’t the one robotic to work in retail. Final yr, Nestle stated it will enlist SoftBank Corp’s humanoid robots, Pepper, to assist promote its espresso makers at house home equipment shops throughout Japan.


— Reuters

First revealed April 21 2015, eight:22 AM