- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A department store in Japan is impressing customers with a life-like humanoid robot that greets and interacts with customers.

Tokyo’s Mitsukoshi department store has programmed “Aiko Chihira” with numerous scripts, which can create a unique shopping experience for potential customers.

The robot also speaks Chinese, although its abilities in that language are currently limited.

“It would be good if we can have her provide guidance, or recommend various things in Chinese. … [Then people] can be looking around and think, ‘Oh if Aiko is around, she can speak Chinese’. That’s what I hope will happen,” said Hitoshi Tokuda, Toshiba’s new business development division group manager, NBC News reported Tuesday.

“Aiko Chihira” uses 43 motors to move and is capable of Japanese sign language, NBC reported.


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