Japanese prototype service robot R&D trends and examples

Gregory N. Ranky (Biomedical Engineering and Applied Physics, CIMware USA Inc., Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA)
Paul G. Ranky (Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, New Jersey, USA)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Publication date: 1 December 2005



Offers a broad overview on Japanese prototype service robot R&D trends and examples.


Displays two examples of service robotics: the forestry robot WOODY‐1, and the android presenter and entertainer/informer/guide Repliee Q1.


More and more frequently robotics usage has expanded into more diverse areas that involve work outside the confines of the factory floor. The paper highlights interesting Japanese service robot prototypes, as well as identifies some new R&D trends and requirements.

Research limitations/implications

The potential for new service robotics applications is enormous, ranging from childcare and nursing, to forestry.

Practical implications

The practical implications of the increased diversity of service robotics will reduce human workload and environmental strain.


Reveals examples of innovation in service robot design and application.



Ranky, G. and Ranky, P. (2005), "Japanese prototype service robot R&D trends and examples", Industrial Robot, Vol. 32 No. 6, pp. 460-464. https://doi.org/10.1108/01439910510629163

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