Purpose - Offers a broad overview on Japanese prototype service robot R&D trends and examples. Design/methodology/approach - Displays two examples of service robotics: the forestry robot WOODY-1, and the android presenter and entertainer/informer/guide Repliee Q1. Findings - More and more frequently robotics usage has expanded into more diverse areas that involve work outside the confines of the factory floor. The paper highlights interesting Japanese service robot prototypes, as well as identifies some new R&D trends and requirements. Research limitations/implications - The potential for new service robotics applications is enormous, ranging from childcare and nursing, to forestry. Practical implications - The practical implications of the increased diversity of service robotics will reduce human workload and environmental strain. Originality/value - Reveals examples of innovation in service robot design and application.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Computer Science Applications
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
- Service delivery systems