Japanese robot gets kissie-kissie


Japanese robot maker Tmsuk unveils a new guide and floor cleaning robot “RIDC-01″ which can recognize human voice and speaks to guests during a press preview…The robot, 1.3-meter tall and weighing 100-kg, is also equipped with a projector on its head and can show DVD movies or information. Tmsuk will start order with a price of 10 million yen (85,000 USD).

That Japanese version of a floor cleaning robot ought to get real kissie-kissie for 85,000 dollars. This is especially so when the Home Shopping Network sells a Roomba(tm) for $200 that does the same work.

According to the Japanese website of Tmsuk the manufacturer the “RIDC-01″ the name comes from the Robotics Industry Development Council (RIDC).
The robot’s specs are:
1,300mm H / 700mm W 960mm D
Weight approximately 100 kg
Power source: 24-volt DC lithium ion battery (100V AC power charger)
Operating time: 120 minutes maximum continuous operation time
Independent 2 wheel drive
Maximum speed: 3.0 km/h approximately
WiFi and cellphone enabled
Speech recognition and synthetic-speech enabled in conversational Japanese
Robot arms with 10 degree of freedom in 3-axis
Emergency stop and obstacle sensors

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5 thoughts on “Japanese robot gets kissie-kissie”

  1. The RIDC-01 was exhibited at a robot fair in Akihabara this weekend, and I had the chance to play with it a little and talk to the manufacturer. My blog Robot’s Dreams covers a lot of Japanese robots, and most of them are reasonably functional and interesting. Unfortunately the RIDC-01 isn’t one of them. The people demonstrating the robot couldn’t give a reasonable explanation why anyone would want to buy one – at any price. Just across the aisle, Wakamaru was being demonstrated, and drawing a big crowd.

  2. Normally I go to ROBODEX which is held at Pacifico Yokohama every year. But this year’s EXPO in Aichi made ROBODEX unneeded….plus interest is dropping in serious aspects of ROBODEX.
    The robots I seen shown are underwhelming and more valuable as “companions” than servants.

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  4. On 11/27/2005 tempusmaster wrote:
    The people demonstrating the robot couldn’t give a reasonable explanation why anyone would want to buy one – at any price. Just across the aisle, Wakamaru was being demonstrated

    Japan’s personal service robots are novel, interesting—and useless
    Quartz | 2016-May-08
    “Should Japan lag behind in terms of ideas about robot development or business models… [the country] will draw more concerns over the situation in Japan where craftsmanship enjoys a victory but business suffers a defeat,” officials at Japan’s Ministry of Economics, Trade, and Industry (METI) said…
    …Wakamaru, a helper robot Mitsubishi Heavy Industries introduced in 2005. Mitsubishi initially hoped to sell 100 Wakamarus. The robots would act as guides and receptionists at homes and offices, able to tap into the internet to read off weather reports and emails.
    … By 2007 they were only available for rent and largely forgotten.
    “I probably shouldn’t show you this,” said Yoshio Matsumoto, a service-robots researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tokyo. The photo that pops up on his computer shows dejected-looking Wakamarus crowded in a cage on the grounds of Osaka University, which helped develop them. A sign shows these once-hot robots are now on their way to the rubbish heapmore...

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