Ninomiya-kun Book Reader
Waseda University has produced Ninomiya-kun, a small bot capable of reading paper printed books. Named after Kinjiro Ninomiya, a 19th century agricultural leader and philosopher, he stands 1m tall and weighs 25kg. The bot reads by camera, has character recognition software stored on a computer on his back, then translates into spoken words. Because the voice comes from a synthesizer, it will be a while before Ninomiya-kun is available to read to kids, seniors, or those who need someone to help them with a difficult cookbook recipe.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at June 18, 2009 9:06 AM