*First broadcast on September 2, 2021. It's common to find robots in factories, assembling products. But recently, Japan has been embracing personal robots: devices designed to aid conversation, provide companionship and offer emotional support. Innovative new examples are constantly hitting the market. Our guest is robotics researcher Niiyama Ryuma. He introduces us to the latest personal robots, and talks about his own research. He explains his vision of a future where robots are a part of people's families.
Robotics researcher Niiyama Ryuma, of the University of Tokyo
This robot is a helpful and fun conversation partner
These robots are designed to offer companionship, much like a pet