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Mitsubishi Robot - Watchdog, Nurse, Annoying Friend 183

jomaree writes "The SMH Online reports that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have developed a robot (to run on Linux) with voice and face recognition capabilities. The robot would be able to connect to the Internet, contact you by e-mail or a mobile phone and, say, send you a message if it 'hears' a strange noise inside your home. It can also remember the side effects of medication. Reportedly, Mitsubishi claim that the robot 'will become a future house-sitter, caretaker, nurse and friend for the family'. Unfortunately the robot can also be programmed to ask 'You're home late. What have you been up to?' Don't we already have people for that?" The Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun has a story with pictures.
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Mitsubishi Robot - Watchdog, Nurse, Annoying Friend

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  • Interesting but.. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by fateswarm ( 590255 ) on Wednesday February 05, 2003 @04:25AM (#5229833) Homepage
    It will probably be some closed source technology that obviously is not working right from the first attempt. Strange noises can be heard from the TV, the Radio, the guys next door, or even the dog.

    A similar but imo more sensible approach would be a simple computer box and a audio card with dynamic microphones that would be based on some nice open software which can be upgraded and be compatible with our needs.

    Computers could do these things from the 80s. All we need is the software to do it.
  • by hughk ( 248126 ) on Wednesday February 05, 2003 @05:02AM (#5229960) Journal
    It was the motto of the hugely successful complaints division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation in the Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. The corporation produced robots for domestic use and with the marketing motto "Your Plastic Friend who's Fun to Be With"

    The song of the complaints department went something like this:

    Share and Enjoy
    Share and Enjoy
    Journey through life
    With a plastic boy
    Or girl at your side
    Let your pal be your guide
    And when it breaks down
    Or starts to annoy
    Or grinds when it moves
    And gives you no joy
    Cos it's eaten your hat
    Or had sex with your cat
    Bled oil on the floor
    Or ripped off your door
    And you get to the point
    You can't stand any more
    Bring it to us, we wont't give a fig
    We'll tell you 'Go stick your head in a pig'
    (to be a sung by a choir of two million robots, a flattened fith out of tune).

    We hope that Mitsibushi's attempt is somewhat better. However, thanks to the late Douglas Adams for warning us!!!!!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 05, 2003 @05:37AM (#5230031)
    have you ever even been to japan? much less read their porn?

    you can buy teddy bears that are DILDOs.
    you can buy used panties from vending machines.
    you can't buy a beer in a lawson's without passing at least one prostitute.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 05, 2003 @06:49AM (#5230168)
    There is already a lawn mower that does just this... very amazing piece of machinery.

    http://www.usa.husqvarna.com/Folder_263/node756. as p

    It has some wires in the yard like the dog fence, and one wire about halfway up the middle. The mower mows in a totally random fashion, and the idea is to run it every day (middle of the night is best time as it is very quiet). Anyway, when it knows it is low, it will seek out its charging bay on its own and will charge a bit before going back to its task. When it finishes mowing, it docks in its charging bay.

In English, every word can be verbed. Would that it were so in our programming languages.