Nao, the humanoid robot helps children with their handwriting and adults with their banking needs
Mitsubishi Bank plans to introduce Nao, a 58cm-tall robot, at some of its branches from April, if he successfully completes his trial.
In fact, Nao is already off to good start. In February, he welcomed customers to the bank during a presentation in Tokyo and asked them which service they required, all without breaking stride.
Now the 23-inch tall robot that weighs a mere 5.5
NAO’s role in education is not new. He is currently being used in computer and science classes all the way from elementary school through to university, in over 70 countries. NAO has also been helping kids with learning disabilities and social and emotional issues associated with disorders like autism. The NAO CoWriter, which is the brainchild of Swiss researchers at the Computer-Human Interaction in Learning and Instruction Laboratory or CHILI, adds a new dimension to this already versatile robot.
Nao was originally designed and developed by France’s Aldebaran Robotics as a home companion and is programmed to speak 19 languages.
Four directional microphones act as his ears and also help to detect emotion from voice tone.
Mitsubushi Bank reckons that by 2020, in time for the Olympic Games the robot will be advanced enough to deal with all types of customers.
It is not only the bank that plans to use Nao, Nestle Japan has also announced plans to employ robot, called Pepper, to sell coffee machines at 1,000 outlets around Japan by the end of the year.