JAPAN'S UGO & RISING ROBOT DEVELOPMENT
|Source: Mira Robotics' Ugo|
Invented by Mira Robotics
Japan's workforce is dwindling by more than a half-million workers a year because of its aging population. To fill the worker shortage, Japan is experiencing an acceleration in the development of new, versatile robots. A great new example is Ugo, the creation of Japanese startup company Mira Robotics.
Remote Wireless Operation
Ugo is a state of the art, remote controlled Avatar robot. It is composed of a pair of height adjustable robotic arms that are mounted on wheels. It navigates with a laser on its base. And it is operated remotely through a wireless connection to a laptop and game controller.
Ugo has many uses. Its primary purpose is to serve as a worker robot and fill needs in Japan's dwindling workforce. It can work as a security guard, inspect equipment and clean buildings. It can also serve as a helper in homes, for instance, to fold the laundry. Given the global COVID-19 threat, the demand for robots is on the rise in order to reduce direct contact among people. Ugo has just been given a hand attachment that uses ultraviolet light to kill viruses on door handles.
Robots For Rent
Mira Robotics says it takes a person 30 minutes to learn how to use Ugo. They add an operator can control 4 Ugo's at a time. Ugo can be rented for $1,000 a month. It's currently working in Tokyo office buildings. Ugo is part of the growing robotic workforce in our pandemic threatened world.