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Service Robot enon from Fujitsu Acts as Visitorsí Guide at Museum of Best-Selling Mystery Novelist


The Kyotaro Nishimura Museum, a museum featuring exhibits and works related to one of Japanís best-selling mystery novelists Kyotaro Nishimura, Fujitsu Frontech Limited, and Fujitsu Laboratories Limited today announced that enon, the service robot jointly developed by Fujitsu Frontech and Fujitsu Laboratories,will act as a visitorsí guide at the Museum from September 21, 2007 on a permanent basis. This is the first such permanent implementation of enon at a museum. Since its launch in September 2005, field use of Fujitsuís service robot enon has been verified in various field applications in Japan. This newest implementation is the first for the latest model of enon, featuring enhancements based on feedback from past field applications of the former model.

There is much anticipation for the practical use of service robots in a wide range of applications, to enable a more enriched society and in view of declining birthrates and aging populations in many countries. Fujitsuís service robot enon, launched to the market in September 2005, a culmination of co-development by Fujitsu Laboratories and Fujitsu Frontech, has been implemented in field applications such as offices and commercial establishments. This latest implementation at Kyotaro Nishimura Museum is the first time that enon will be featured at a museum.

The Kyotaro Nishimura Museum was established in Yugawara, Japan in September 2001, and features various exhibits related to Mr. Nishimura, such as all of his novels, original manuscripts, and some of his private collections. Acting as a guide for these exhibits, enon will enable the Museum to enhance its service and hospitality toward visitors of the museum.

1. Guide for the museum

When visitors arrive, enon will autonomously move toward the entrance, and by using voice and gestures along with the LCD screen on its chest, enon will provide commentary and guide visitors through the exhibits.

2. Video of Greetings from Kyotaro Nishimura

enon will play a video of Mr. Nishimura expressing his greetings to museum visitors.

3. Self-introduction by enon

enon will use voice and gestures to introduce itself and its functions to visitors.

4. Quiz on Kyotaro Nishimura

A quiz related to Mr. Nishimura will be displayed on the LCD screen on enonís chest, enabling museum visitors to interact with enon by taking the quiz. For visitors who answer all questions correctly, a commemorative certificate will be offered by the Museum for the visitors.

Unlike service robots limited to single tasks Ė such as cleaning robots, cargo robots, and security robots, enon is capable of multi-tasking these functions plus acting as a guide, as a single robot.

Hereafter, Fujitsu Frontech will continue to expand its marketing of enon across various industries, such as for sales promotion at commercial establishments, product search guidance, and security surveillance and transport of small parcels at factories or data centers.


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