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Panasonic‘s subsidiary, Panasonic Healthcare, has developed the “Let’s Chat” [JP], a tablet-like device that helps people who can’t speak or use their hands anymore to communicate with others. According to the company, the target group includes, for example, people suffering from sclerosis or those recovering from serious accidents.
The way it works is that the user just needs to push a button on the device to make a phrase (“Get me water”, for example) appear on the display. Alternatively, the message is read out loudly, with Panasonic saying the Let’s Chat can be used for up to 62 phrases.
If no one is around, the user can press a buzzer button. The device also doubles as a simple TV remote control, as it’s compatible with most TVs made by Japanese makers, according to Panasonic.
The Let’s Chat went on sale in Japan earlier this week and costs $ 1,980.
The Robovie R3 is the latest in a distinguished line of humanoid bots developed for the purposes of research, discovery, and (a tiny bit of) geeky fun. Following its predecessor’s footsteps — the R2 secured employment as a guide to lost shoppers — the R3 will be making its mall debut in November of this year, where it’ll assist people by carrying their shopping, providing information about nearby products, and holding their hand as it guides them through the crowds. Intended as a way to get elderly and handicapped people back out into the community, this is part of a viability study for the robot’s usefulness, and if it finds success maybe its anime eyes and dalek form factor will find their way outside Japan as well. Video of the R3 after the break.
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