I-Fairy Reception Robot; A 4-H Company
I-Fairy Reception Robot by kokoro-dreams.co.jp
FINAL VERSION - NO WINGS
Designed to lend a whimsical high tech presence to your convention booth or office lobby, I-Fairy Reception Robot is an interactive show bot that can make an impressive first impression on your potential customers. Kokoro, noted for their dinosaurs that thrill audiences with their life-like movements, I-Fairy Reception Robot is aimed at a broader market as a company spokesperson (spokes-bot?) for your company. This robot’s Anime appearance is a refreshing change from mechanical looking machines I am working with here in my shop.
Preliminary sketches shown on the Japanese language version of their website show the early versions with wings that did not make it to the final version. I had been thinking more along the lines of a wood sprite when mentioned in earlier press releases rather than Manga but it has reached production. The English language data sheet on the product explains the speech generator and automatic gesture features and proximity sensors, all designed to allow the robot to interact with people who approach it. Greeting and product pitches are suggested routines for the robot to go through, as a human spokes person would do. There is also the “man behind the curtain” operating feature available for more spontaneous interactions with people in the crowd. It all looks like great fun. I have not seen the price on this yet. In the past devices like this had cost about $25,000 and about $1,000 a day to operate at trade shows.
Are you going to buy one of these for your lobby and your next trade show convention booth or build your own?
Possible appearance of an animatronic Carnival Barker for the 2010 Northwest Michigan Regional 4-H Fair in Traverse City, MI.
A 4-H Company
The 4-H company is still in the process of being formed and already a list of possible appearances are is starting to form. In addition to the week at the fair in August, I have been asked if the company could make a one day appearance at a local agricultural supply store. Two more of the many summer festivals have also been suggested. It all looks very doable and potentially profitable, what remains to be seen is if the Members of the club want to do this as their after school and summer jobs. I will have to see if I can get them to sign pledge cards as to how many hours they are willing to put in.
A new Volunteer started today, a fireman from the next town over, Andrew Anthony is among other things a certified auto mechanic, a licensed plumber, and an electrician. He has a robot submarine of his own that he is upgrading for deeper operation. He has been asked to video the wrecks off the coast of Empire, MI for the Maritime Museum. They are in deeper water so he needs to change how his battery is housed. Apparently he has many other skills that we have not even begun to list in our records here. He is working Thursdays from 10 am to 12 am here at the 4-H Barn Workshop in case anyone would like to join us in maintaining the building and moving robot projects ahead.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY?
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GO ROBOTS !
Paul F. Grayson - Chief Engineer
American Industrial Magic, LLC
“small engine and machinery repair”
TC Tinkers 4-H Robot Club
“Science, Engineering, and Technology”
390 4-Mile Rd. S.
Traverse City, MI 49686-8411
(231) 883-4463 Cell
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Posted by Paul F. Grayson on February 25, 2010
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