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  • Type, Locomotion:
  • Humanoid
  • Released:
  • 2009

    Ninomiya-kun is a Japanese robot developed to fight illiteracy among robots.  People at Waseda University patterned their robot after a 19th century agricultural leader named Kinjuro Ninomiya. Kinjuro was said to have been contiually reading books even while carrying logs on his back.

    Inspired by this leader’s extraordinary trait, Waseda Uiversity named this new robot after him. The robot stands 1 meter high and weighs only 25 kg. Its light weight is all thanks to its aluminium framed body. It has a built-in camera and character-recognition software for easy translation.


    • Can identify around 2,300 Japanese characters
    • Can read books aloud
    • Understands printed materials through a special book platform
    • Text translation into voice material
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