An9-PR, at a Mall Near You
Sohgo Security Services in Japan has a new bot. An9-PR has a 19" touch panel LCD monitor, 2 12" LCD monitors in the back and an electric bulletin board on top. He can provide both shop info and coupons to cell phones that have FeliCaHe and, with his camera, has face recognition and will approach perhaps unwilling shoppers. (It's kind of like when you don't want the team's mascot to notice you.) At least he has a sponge-like chassis so if he runs into you, it will be minimal anguish.
The service/security robot will be placed in shopping centers and other public places as a guide and can run for an hour at about 1km/h before automatically returning to his charger. An9-PR doesn't come cheaply and will cost ¥10,436,000 (~$109,587.00), with an additional ¥3.9 million for five years of maintenance costs.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at August 6, 2009 8:56 AM