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Robotic Seeing-Eye Dogs

February 6, 2014

OK, so they’re shaped more like a vacuum cleaner than a dog.  They still serve the important function of a seeing-eye dog: guiding their vision-impaired owners safely to where they want to go.

FarEastGizmos reports that researchers in Japan are testing a new robot to fill in when seeing-eye dogs are unavailable (or unwelcome, as is sometimes the case in Japan).  The robot is one meter tall and half a meter wide, and features a handle which the user grips.  The robot then uses voice and motion to guide the person to their destination.

The current model must be pre-programmed with maps and other environmental information.  The robot was tested by a blindfolded employee in a hospital in Atsugi City, near Tokyo, and was found to perform well.

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  1. Dennis Clark permalink

    Only in Japan. Sometimes it seems like different places on this world are actually different planets…
    Planet Japan is a pretty cool place!

  2. そうですね。 That’s so, isn’t it!

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