Robots that look and speak like humans hosted their own news
conference in Tokyo on Tuesday (20 JAN 2015), conversing with
each other and addressing the audience.
Two female humanoid robots helped introduce two new
designs, the Sota and the CommU, one of which will go on sale
later in the year.
"Let me first introduce myself. I am Kodomoroid, a human
lookalike robot," one of the humanoids told the audience.
"I am so delighted to be appointed as MC (Master of
Ceremonies) for this press conference where we introduce the
All of the robots were developed by Osaka University professor
Hiroshi Ishiguro, who later took the stage, telling journalists
they shouldn't expect too much from robot conversation.
"These robots cannot really conduct complicated
communication but if we human beings join the conversation
held between two robots, I think the situation should feel like
natural enough conversation," he said.
Sota, a button-eyed robot that resembles a child's doll, goes on
sale in July for 100,000 yen (850 US dollars), while CommU, a
more elaborate design, will cost five times as much.
It is not clear when CommU will be available.
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