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A three-foot tall, personable and autonomous robot, Wakamaru is named after
an ancient Japanese general whose childhood name was Ushiwakamaru.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries developed the Wakamaru to demonstrate how
robots can be people-friendly and useful to communicate in business or
residential settings.
Everything about Wakamaru, its eyes, mouth, hands, is devised to resemble
a human being. Designed by Toshiyuki Kita in 2002, Wakamaru has been
displayed all over the world including here in the United States where it
was featured at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Click here to watch part of Wakamaru's visit (Link to video of Wakamaru at
the Kennedy Center).

Wakamaru won Japan's prestigious Good Design Award in 2003 for its
trail-blazing and functional design. For the full story about this
fascinating robot please visit:
- and see another example of how Mitsubishi is making the world a better place.
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