Fujitsu Units Develop Human-Assisting Robots
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Sep 19, 2004
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. and Fujitsu Frontech Ltd. said Monday they have jointly developed humanoid robots able to guide people or transport things.

The two companies, affiliated with major computer maker Fujitsu Ltd., said they intend to put the robots on sale for 2 million yen each around next June.

Each robot is 1.3 meters tall, weighs 63 kilograms and can move to its destination with the help of eight cameras in its head and a newly developed high-speed three-dimensional image processing system, the companies said.

robonexus robotThe robot can get on an elevator and press elevator buttons by itself. It can transport documents and other things by pushing a luggage carrier.

The robot, which can recognize people visually and audibly, is expected to be used to guide people at airports and department stores, and to patrol buildings, the companies said.

The human-assisting robot market is projected to grow to 7 trillion yen in value by 2025, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

The Fujitsu group, which has already begun marketing robots for home use and other purposes, hopes to sell the new robots mainly to corporate clients, they said.

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