Home > Robotics > Robot Shop Assistants

Robot Shop Assistants


Japanese Robot Shop Assistant

A shop in Tokyo, Takashimaya, is experimenting with a robot shop assistant which is capable of dealing with enquiries from shoppers.  The robot’s name is Saya and she was created by staff at the Tokyo University of Science in 2004.  Prior to this experiment in the retail sector the robot was used in a primary school.  Saya can respond to shoppers’ enquiries in seven hundred ways, and will direct shoppers to the right department or floor, or even to the nearest toilet.  Saya can also make ‘small talk’ with customers.  It is interesting to note that Japanese shoppers are uncertain how to respond to Saya, resorting to their innate politeness, even bowing to Saya to say thank you when they have received directions.  Alan Turing must be viewing this experiment with some interest.

Advertisements
Categories: Robotics
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s