A robot that functions as a nurse, friend and security guard has
been launched in Japan as a home aid to older people living
The Wakamaru, the idea of electronics giant Mitsubishi, will go on
sale in April next year for £5,000.
The one metre tall creation patrols the home using cameras embedded
as eyebrows to provide 24-hour help and alert hospitals or security
firms if a problem arises.
It also reminds its owner when to take medicine, eat and sleep, and
has a 10,000-word vocabulary so it can form simple sentences.