Hitachi's new toddler-like robot

A new toddler-like robot by Hitachi that can understand human speech, crash into a desk after rolled around and waved for reporters on Wednesday. Hitachi develops this robot as to provide an assistant in daily life.

Hitachi declined to say when the robot will be ready for commercial use. It also refused to say how much the robot cost or how much it spent on its research. Japan is among the world's leaders in robotics. Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. have also developed human-like robots that reporters have seen working as guides at the Japanese automakers' facilities. Other electronics makers such as NEC Corp. and Fujitsu have shown robots, but Sony Corp. has discontinued the Aibo dog-shaped entertainment robot.



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