At CEATEC in Japan it seems the machines have finally taken over, as several manufacturers brushed off their intelligent robots.
Fujitsu showed off two models – its miniature HOAP-2 humanoid robot, which impressed visitors with its footballing and dancing skills, and a cute mobile agent robot, MARON-1. Slightly more sinister was ALSOK’s GuardRobo. In development since 1982, the GuardRobo is already being used in Japan for patrolling and surveillance.
A red lamp on the robot’s shoulder flashes if it detects an intruder, while an alarm and camera images are relayed to a central control centre. We think that the GuardRobo looks a like a mechanical matron! Oo-er, missus.