Monday, August 29, 2005

The World's First Robotic Domestic Assistant

David is 11 years old. He weighs 60 pounds. He is 4 feet, 6 inches tall. He has brown hair. His love is real. But he is not.

A child-sized robot designed for house-sitting and caring for the elderly will go on sale in Japan next month. The robot, named "Wakamaru," has a vocabulary of 10,000 words and can be programmed to watch for burglars or gently wake you up in the morning. Peace of mind and synthetic companionship can now be yours, thanks to Mitsubishi-Heavy Industries Ltd.

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