Hitachi's talking robot

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Hitachi has delivered a talkative new robot Emiew, which will be displayed starting June 9 at the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan.

The 130cm-tall, 70kg robot is equipped with wheels allowing it to walk at a speed of 6km an hour, about the same pace as a person walking fast. Using sensors, it can also avoid obstacles in its path automatically shifting its centre of gravity to the right or left to keep its balance.  Hitachi envisions using the robot to deliver mail within a company, for example, after further improving its functions, with commercialization targeted in five or six years.

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