Taizo Motivates Exercisers with Cuteness
Japan spends a lot of its time warning us about the size of their centenarian population (last report has it at 40,000.) The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) built Taizo (based on the word "taisou," which means "calisthenics,") to motivate their senior citizens to exercise more. With 26 joints, the 28" tall robo-instructor has up to 30 different moves. Taizo can go for about 2 hours on a charge, understands simple commands, can lead a group and will work for you at a price of ¥800,000 (~$8,000.00.)
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at September 28, 2009 8:50 AM