Mitsukoshi gets robot receptionist


Robots will soon become a common phenomenon in the world and Japan has already started the trend. A robot receptionist started work on April 20, 2015 and never gets bored of welcoming customers to her upmarket shop.

The new machine recruitment has been made at Japan’s oldest department store chain Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi and says, “My name is Chihira Aiko. How do you do?” in Japanese and blinks and nods to the customers. The robot can be seen clad in a traditional kimono and the name Aiko Chihira is a very regular Japanese name, who flashes a rosy smile as the shopper approach.

However, the statement by the robot is a common way used by youngsters to welcome the customers and Aiko Chihira cannot answer any questions and just runs her pre-recorded spiel. The Robot has a life-like skin and and almost natural looking movements and is developed by Toshiba. The machine was unveiled at a tech fair at Japan in 2014.

Chief specialist at Toshiba, Hitoshi Tokuda said, “We are aiming to develop a robot that can gradually do what a human does”. Chihira will be receiving the customers at the store until April 21, 2015 afternoon and will also take part in a number of promotional events.

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