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Robotic Guide Dog for the Blind in Progress

Posted on November 8, 2011
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Robotic dogs such as the Sony AIBO were dismissed as expensive toys that are inferior to the real thing. No wonder it was discontinued in 2006. Despite the notion, some Japanese companies are determined to develop similar robots. One such company, Tokyo-base NSK, just unveiled a yet-nameless robot dog. But instead of acting kawaii, this NSK robot is designed as seeing-eye dogs for blind people.

The project has been a work in progress since it was initiated in 2005. Its latest model is able to walk at 3.8 kilometers per hour, quite slower compared to actual guide dogs, but they are getting there.

The robot dog has four joints in each leg and is equipped with cameras and sensors to help their its master walk around. NSK even has plans of installing the robot with GPS, web-connected maps, and other specs that would make it a viable alternative to real dogs in the near future.

Source: Plastic Pals, via TechCrunch

 
 

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