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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Reading Robot

Researchers at Waseda University’s Information, Production and Systems Research Center (IPSRC), have developed a one meter tall and 25 kg heavy robot that can read by training its camera eyes on printed materials placed on a special book stand. The robot can recognize over 2,000 kanji, hiragana and katakanasigns and can currently read elementary japanese texts. Character recognition software installed on a computer in the robot's backpack translates the text into spoken words, which are produced by a voice synthesizer.

Is there a need for robots that can read?

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