30 March 2008

This is How the Robots Take Over

The robots have been biding their time long enough, knowing that adults would not accept their rule. Now, from Engadget via grinding.be, comes news that they're making their move. The robot ambassadors will lull the children into trusting them, and as those children grow up, they will welcome their new robot overlords. As will I, of course.

People old enough to be Jetsons fans might almost be able to detect a hint of Rosie in this:

Inhuman babysitters aren’t all that uncommon around the world, but a new creature recently placed in a Japanese department store is a godsend for shopaholics with rugrats in tow. Developed by Tmsuk, the 1.4-meter tall bot is employed at a Fukuoka retailer in order to keep watch over rambunctious youngsters that are dropped off by their overworked parents. Reportedly, said critter boasts an integrated projector and camera, a colorful yellow / white outfit and the ability to identify children by name based on a special tag that each kiddo wears while playing. Of course, the manufacturer isn’t looking to just shove one or two of these into every store in Japan — oh no, it’s hoping to create similar robots that could one day “guide customers through the aisles of a store,” fill their carts or whisper the joke of the day in a French accent into their ears.

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