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Robots in Japan: present and future

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1 Author(s)
Asami, S. ; Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Ind. Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

The would-wide slackening of business activities appears to have also slowed the pace of the industrial robot business. It is often said that we are now entering an epoch where the industrial robot is to be succeeded by the "service robot". The designation "service robot," however still remains to be clearly defined. As yet, the image evoked by this term varies very widely from person to person, in both the external appearance and the technological elements that constitute such a robot. The author considers the term service robot to be a generic term covering all robots that are not for industrial use. The author looks at the development of service robots in Japan.<>

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Robotics & Automation Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:1 ,  Issue: 2 )