Late last May, two members of the megapopular idol group “AKB48″ had to be hospitalized after they were attacked by a crazed fan wielding with a saw during the group’s meet ’n’ greet. Since then there has been much angst about how to safely hold akushukai / “handshaking” events.
Many ideas have been suggested (3Yen / 2014-05-26 ), but the following was the most “Japanese” solution.
握手機能付きビデオ会議システム。大阪大学の研究グループによって発表されたシステムの一つ。離れた場所にいる人間とロボットハンドを使用することで擬似的な握手が出来るとのこと。会話にも対応する。 pic.twitter.com/Bc1FD1jSP0— 無人機bot (@mujinbot) July 29, 2014
Translation: This new video conference system that can shake hands was created by a research group of the University of Osaka. The system allows you to remotely shake hands with a distant person by tele-connecting them using a robot pseudo-hand during an online conversation.