Bad idea: Robot seeing-eye dogs
Japanese bearing-maker NSK has developed a robot guide dog for visually impaired people that can do some of the things a real dog can do. But it’s a far cry from man’s best friend.
It’s designed to tackle stairs, going up and down by walking, and rolling with its wheels on flat surfaces.
Users hold a pressure-sensitive, variable-length handle on the robot while being guided around. The machine has obstacle and distance sensors in its head and legs to detect stairs.
As seen in the vid below, NSK says the NR003 was developed because it takes a long time to train guide dogs, and they can only serve … [Read more]
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