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March 1st, 2007

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07:13 am - Introducing the Tea-minator . . .

The Tea-minator

Japan Mixes Robotics With Tea Time

Feb 28, 1:12 PM (ET)

By Yuri Kageyama (full article here)

TOKYO (AP) - Japan is pretty serious about robotics. If the droids are going to fit in, they probably need to learn the Japanese custom of serving tea.

Fortunately, researchers at the University of Tokyo are exploring just that. In a demonstration this week, a humanoid with camera eyes made by Kawada Industries Inc. poured tea from a bottle into a cup.

Then another robot on wheels delivered the cup of tea in an experimental room that has sensors embedded in the floor and sofa as well as cameras on the ceiling, to simulate life with robot technology.

"A human being may be faster, but you'd have to say 'Thank you,'" said University of Tokyo professor Tomomasa Sato. "That's the best part about a robot. You don't have to feel bad about asking it to do things."

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Date:March 9th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)

Thanks for your interest in my story

Thanks for your interest in my robot story. It was refreshing to see a male figure serve tea for a change in Japan where women are stuck with the task, except when it becomes the art of tea ceremony, which of course has many male masters. Robotics is one area I plan to cover a lot in coming months out of Japan. Yuri Kageyama AP http://yuri-kageyama.blogspot.com

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