A new office assistant robot designed by Hitachi

http://evolutions.typepad.com/theroborama/images/robot13.jpgThe group diversified Japanese electronics Hitachi introduced Wednesday a new robot designed to assist employees in offices and to replace the hostesses to make a green tea to visitors, through its faculties of communication and travel.
Called “Emiew 2”, this humanoid robot red wheels, 80 inches tall, is the descendant of Emiew, a first version designed by Hitachi in 2005.
“Emiew 2”, which includes 27 degrees of freedom (joints), is lighter than its predecessor (13 kg instead of 15 kg).
The robot assistance, designed to “cohabit with humans, is able to move independently at a speed of 6 km / h, even a human pressed. He can communicate by voice recognition and knows how to move within a company through a radar to bypass obstacles, and a map of places he could establish himself. “We will continue research and testing to ensure that in future robots can perform tasks in businesses, as visitors guide or carry out surveillance round,” said Hitachi. Encouraged by the State which has made robotics assistance a priority, many Japanese firms are working on developing robots able to help the people, at home or at work, in order to alleviate the shortage of d ‘ work because of a rapidly ageing population.
Car manufacturers Toyota and Honda, groups of heavy industry Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), security companies and Secom Asok or the electronics group NEC are among the companies most active in this field, along with public research institutes and universities.