Toshiba’s humanoid retail robotic is able to greet you
For those who occur to be purchasing in Japan someday quickly, do not be stunned if the primary supply of assist comes from a machine. Toshiba has simply put in Aiko Chihira, a humanoid greeter robotic, at Tokyo’s Mitsukoshi division retailer. The kimono-clad automaton will information you across the store whereas it blinks and smiles — directly useful and, as you’ll be able to see above, slightly creepy. It will possibly’t reply to questions but (do not yell at it over a defective product), however it’s able to dealing with each spoken and signed languages. No, Aiko is not as interactive or relentlessly cute as SoftBank’s Pepper, nevertheless it’ll be an enormous time-saver if it prevents you from getting misplaced within the aisles.
[Image credit: AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi]