Exercise instructor Robot for the elderly

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) reveal a small humanoid robot that able to train the elderly in physical exercises. Height 70cm, weight 6.5kg, employ lithium polymer battery with 26 joints in its body (leg 6 × 2, Arm 5 × 2, waist, neck 2).

The robot named 'Taizo' can perform 30 different exercises. Speech recognition is a generic speech recognition engine has been developed in open source "Julius" by using speech recognition grammar description, RT interaction control engine is implemented as a component SEAT / SAT uses a dynamic depending on the context switching models perform recognition. OS is Linux 2.6.24.

The product will be ship next year with the price range from 700,000 Yen - 800,000 Yen (approx. $8,000).

Via - Pink Tentacle , 11 Sept 2009

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