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Mamoru Robot To Assist The Forgetful
by. Dolvin ≈ February 26, 2009
I found something interesting thing this morning.. hohoho...

This is an interesting conceptual robot created by the University of Tokyo, and is designed to assist the elderly in their daily tasks or for people who are suffering from dementia or simply forgetful.

Mamoru RobotMamoru-kun, an immobile and diminutive robot that could tell you where you last left those keys that you lose at an average of twice a day. Developed in cooperation with Fujitsu and Toyota, Mamoru-kun measures a mere 40cm tall and weighs 3.8kg. Mamoru-kun can find an object the owner is looking for within specified areas and alerts the owner about it either via verbally through speaker or by pointing at it using its jointed arm (it has another two joints at the neck). We're still very early on into the technology though - Mamoru-kun's lost-item-finding powers are limited to pre-programmed items in a specified area only.


For the system to work, you'd have to input items that often get misplaced for identification later. The whole area where you need Mamoru-kun to monitor would also have to be wired with cameras connected to the robot. While these requirements are severely limiting, Mamoru-kun's developers believe that it could provide great assistance "especially beneficial for elderly and sick persons. " Additionally, commercialization of the technology isn't expected until 2018, so there's a bit of time to improve it for practical use.
 
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