Apron-clad automaton readied to serve living room tea

Kyodo News

How about a housemaid robot clad in an apron serving you tea and even washing the cup afterward? The University of Tokyo has unveiled what it calls “a living room of the future” complete with humanoid robot that helps with everyday housework.

In a demonstration last week at the university, a robot approached the man who had beckoned it, saying, “Did you call me, sir?” Another robot poured some tea into a cup when the man asked, and the first robot brought it to him.

The university also demonstrated a lamp whose shade adjusts to where someone nearby is sitting.

“We want to aim at a system where robots come closer to people, rather than people adjusting to them,” said Tomomasa Sato, the project leader and a professor of intelligent mechanics at the university.