PALRO's History

Humanoid (human-shaped) robots will change the concept of an information terminal

PALRO may be friendly and adorable, but it actually contains various ideas that look ahead to "the future."

Information terminals up to now have required "operation" through keyboards, mice, etc. in order to convey users commands in a form that can be understood. This has been true even for PCs.
However, in recent years, with the advent of smart devices, it also has become possible to run terminals by means of "operations" that are closer to humans' "instincts," such as touching and sliding.

So, let's talk about "the future". . .
We can be sure that information terminals capable of "tacit communication" that can understand users' intentions without any "operation" are going to be born.

Right now, the cutting edge information terminal PALRO is standing at the very threshold to the "future" that is to come.
A sense of familiarity created by being "humanoid" (human-shaped) will sweep away the inorganic impression of an information terminal like the ones up to now, and also greatly shorten the distance between humans and information terminals.
PALRO, which works in cooperation with the Internet and clouds, always gets the latest information and is always right by your side, as "your best partner" = "another you," who understands you the user better than anyone else.

Changing the concept of information terminals - PALRO's eyes are firmly fixed on "the future."

PALRO's History

Growth Roadmap

Since PALRO appeared on the market in 2010, the accuracy of its artificial intelligence has constantly been improved, new artificial intelligence has been added, and the intelligence of its software has been growing.

PALRO's Biography

The present

December, 2015 System software 4.4.0 released
Software: Further enhancements to expression ability.
Hardware: All hardware redesigned.
August, 2014 System software 3.6.0 released
Software: Song and exercise applications enhanced.
Hardware: Touch sensor in head section added. Bluetooth speaker link, magnet-type AC cable accessories and rear bumper added.
Tools/gadgets: PALRO What's up? support for iPhone.
March, 2014 System software 3.5.3 released
Software: Voice recognition function improved. Dance repertoire expanded.
October, 2013 System software 3.5.0 released
Software: Voice recognition function improved (combined use with voice recognition function using cloud). Face recognition function and individual recognition function improved.
Tools/gadgets: PALRO Fwappar and PALRO What's up? released.
Services: "PALRO Album" online-type photo album released.
May, 2013 System software 3.4.1 released (for Business Series)
Software: Advanced upgrade of recreations. Application installation simplified.
March, 2013 System software 3.4.0 released (for Business Series)
Software: Function through which PALRO proceeds with recreations by itself installed. Registration time for personal data shortened. Performance of face recognition and voice recognition improved. Application installation simplified.
Tools/gadgets: PALRO Workshop released.
December, 2012 System software 3.2.1 released
Software: Functionality of PALRO control panel improved. Usability improved. Welcoming application improved.
November, 2012 System software 3.2 released
Software: Human recognition accuracy improved. Performance of voice recognition improved. PALRO control panel improved.
March, 2012 System software 3.0 released
Software: Human recognition accuracy improved. Performance of voice recognition improved. PALRO control panel added.
Hardware: Actuators improved. Heating value of each board reduced.
Tools/gadgets: PALRO Application Studio released.
April, 2011 System software 2.0 released
Software: Chain of thought, analysis of interests, content management, and conversation using the Internet.
March, 2010 System software 1.0 released
Limited shipment for educational and research institutions.

Cooperation with government.

While improvement of basic expression and recognition ability as a communication robot has been developed, research into improving PALRO's functionality as a care robot and a lifestyle support robot and verifications to support its usefulness academically are also ongoing.

Work in cooperation with government and academia

Obtaining evidence is being carried out in cooperation with the country, local governments, industry-related organizations, and research institutions such as universities, in particular through demonstration experiments in Kanagawa Prefecture's ROBOT TOWN SAGAMI.

Study of effects on dementia (1)

Study of the effects of activities using the robot PALRO for elderly persons who are admitted to special elderly nursing homes
<Joint research partners>
Tokyo Metropolitan University Graduate School of Human Health Sciences
Division of Occupational Therapy Associate
Professor Kaoru Inoue
Public Interest Incorporated Foundation The Association for Technical Aids
"Fiscal Year 2013 Monitoring Study of Care Equipment in the Welfare Equipment/Practical
Care Robot Implementation Support Project (Demonstration Tests)"

Study of effects on dementia (2)

Demonstration experiment with regard to the
impact and effects on elderly people with
dementia of the use of the Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) method
<Implementers>
Tokyo Metropolitan University Graduate School of Human Health Sciences
Division of Occupational Therapy Associate
Professor Kaoru Inoue
Kanagawa Prefecture Fiscal Year 2013 Open-type "Robot Demonstration Experiment
Support Project"

Development of dementia support robots

Trial verification conducted with regard to
PALRO's new brain at 23 senior care facilities in Fujisawa City, including special elderly nursing homes and dementia group homes
ROBOT TOWN SAGAMI, Kanagawa Prefecture Important Projects
"Communication Partner Robots for the Elderly, Including Dementia Patients at Care Facilities"

Preventive care support function (1)

Verification of effectiveness as partner for
physical exercise and verification of effectiveness
of system that quantitatively evaluates and conveys effects through motion measurement using 3D distance image sensor "Kinect"
<Implementers>
Tokyo Metropolitan University Graduate School of System Design
Professor Naoyuki Kubota
Kanagawa Prefecture Fiscal Year 2013 Open-type "Robot Demonstration Experiment
Support Project"

Study of effects on dementia (3)

Demonstration experiment with regard to the
impact and effects on elderly people with
dementia of the use of the Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) method
<Joint research partners>
Tokyo Metropolitan University Graduate School of Human Health Sciences
Division of Occupational Therapy Associate
Professor Kaoru Inoue
Public Interest Incorporated Foundation The Association for Technical Aids
"Fiscal Year 2014 Monitoring Study Project for
Care Robots, etc. in the Welfare
Equipment/Practical Care Robot Implementation
Support Project"

Watching support function for in‐home care (1)

Development of watching system that, in cooperation with sensor systems,
will detect abnormalities in persons receiving in-home care, and report to
caregivers, encourage physical exercise and speak to said persons, in order to prevent accidents
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry 2014 "Robotic Care Equipment Development and Introduction Promotion Project
(Development Subsidized Project)"

Watching support function for in‐home care (2)

Verification of effects of in‐home preventive care
for senior citizens and identification of issues for supporting life at home
<Implementers>
Tokyo Metropolitan University Graduate School of Human Health Sciences
Division of Occupational Therapy Associate
Professor Kaoru Inoue
Kanagawa Prefecture Fiscal Year 2014 Open-type "Robot Demonstration Experiment
Support Project"

Preventive care support function (2)

Development of exercise programs for promoting health, preventing falls ,
and improving physical strength
<Joint research partners>
Medical Corporate Group SEISHIN-KAI Fujisawa Hospital Planning and Research Office Chie Ishii, Director
<Cooperating agencies>
Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Japan Hip Joint Foundation;
Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University; Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology; Department of Psychiatry,
Yokohama City University; Fujisawa City Health Care Unit Health
Promotion Division

Preventive care support function (3)

Verification of impact and effects on motivation,
etc. resulting from frequency and content of PALRO's speech, and development of system to encourage voluntary health promotion by the elderly
<Implementers>
Tokyo Metropolitan University Graduate School of System Design
Professor Naoyuki Kubota
Kanagawa Prefecture Fiscal Year 2014 Open-type "Robot Demonstration Experiment
Support Project"

Examples of work with government

ROBOT TOWN SAGAMI, Kanagawa Prefecture "Important Projects"

Activities related to development and demonstration experiments as "Communication Robots for the Elderly, Including Dementia Patients at Care Facilities," are ranked as "Important Projects" in Kanagawa Prefecture's ROBOT TOWN SAGAMI. Cooperative activities, such as support for demonstration experiments, proposals to the nation regarding deregulation, etc., are being actively undertaken.
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Conclusion of "Agreement on Cooperation in Projects for Preventive Care, Etc." with Fujisawa City

Fujisawa City and FUJI SOFT INCORPORATED are promoting cooperation in related to the following items, for the purpose of contributing to the improvement and sustainable development of richness of life for the citizens of Fujisawa City, by strengthening cooperation in projects for preventive care, etc.
  (1) The construction of demonstration fields in projects for preventive care , etc. using PALRO
  (2) The development of safe and effective preventive care exercise programs
  (3) The promotion and spreading of preventive care projects and exercises for the improvement of physical strength
  (4) Activities to reduce the burden on caregivers and improve the quality of care services
  (5) The extension of healthy life expectancy and the creation of vitality in industry and communities
  (6) Other items that are necessary to achieve the purpose of this agreement

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Currently, progress is being made in developments aimed at the realization of more human-like cognition, for example making facial expression recognition (reading emotional movements from users' expressions) possible by continuously increasing basic artificial intelligence.
Also, research continues to be carried out on a daily basis in order to improve functionality as care robots,
and at the same time, work on verification to support their usefulness academically is ongoing.

An image of the future for PALRO

Toward "tacit communication" information terminals that do not require any "operation"

Use is already being made of "artificial intelligence" of the kind robots have even in our current lives.
For example, there is the "automatic parking" technology found in cars.
The "smiling face recognition" technology that automatically releases the stutter when people smile when having their photos taken with a digital camera is the same.
Although you may be surprised to hear it, "artificial intelligence" is already being put to practical use and is becoming something that is familiar thing to everybody.

And we are currently heading toward the next stage.
That will be information terminals that can be operated just through "conversation."
This means the development of information terminals capable of tacit communication that can understand people's intentions without any "operation."
It is PALRO that stands on the threshold of the future, and PALRO that will open up that future.

PALRO's mission is to reduce the distance between a robot and human, and to have many people recognize the wonder of living with a robot.

PALRO is truly a "Recommended Agent = Partner" that will widen users' view of the world and double their joy of life.

PALRO can play various roles.

PALRO is a conversational humanoid.
Its conversational ability, communication skill, and healing effect serve for various needs.

  • PALRO's work at senior care facilities.
  • Mom, did your PALRO arrive?

Please contact us if you wants to know more about PALRO

045-285-0215

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