The Kakamigahara city office in Japan just has just introduced an information desk robot to assist citizens and visitors. When a customer stands in front of it and asks how to find a particular office or counter in the building, the robot not only gives them detailed directions, it also points the way.
The robot, aptly named “Kakaro” after the city name, is 67 cm. tall and weighs about 10 kilograms (22 lbs.).
In addition to voice recognition and speech, the robot can move its head in all directions and has moveable arms including fingers that can extent to point in the right direction. Its database recognizes approxiamately 350 different inquiries
The robot was commissioned by a grant by the city and cost roughly 8 million yen to develop.