Toshiba's new robot can use sign language

October 8, 2014


Toshiba has unveiled Aiko Chihira (地平アイこ), a humanoid robot that can communicate using sign language at the Cutting-Edge IT & Electronics Comprehensive Exhibition (CEATEC), Japan.

It has been designed for a maximum of movement fluidity in its hands and arms, employing 43 actuators in its joints, in order to speak in Japanese sign language.

At this point, its range is fairly limited: it can mimic simple movements, such as greetings, but the company has plans to develop the robot -- named Aiko Chihira -- into a full communications robot by 2020.

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Comment on the video: I am sorry but I don't understand what the robot says in sign language probably due to lack of movements of the fingers.

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