21 February 2017

ROBI, AN INTERACTIVE TRILINGUAL ROBOTIC COMPANION IS COMING TO MALAYSIA

ROBI
Robi, the popular interactive trilingual robotic companion that speaks Manglish, will be making its way to Malaysia next month. The launch event and roadshow will take place in One Utama Shopping Centre on March 10 - 12, 2017. The event will be attended by Robi’s creator, Professor Tomotaka Takahashi and Hajime ‘Jimmy’ Murano, the Chief Executive Officer & President of DeAgostini Japan.

ROBI is a fusion of sophisticated design and advanced Japanese technology that was designed to provide interactive bonding experience for the entire family.  More than 130,000 Robi robots has been assembled by fans around the world, making Robi the world’s best-selling humanoid robot from Japan. Building on the theme of “ASSEMBLE ROBI, UNITE A FAMILY”, the event will also provide opportunities for families to get acquainted with Robi through hands-on experience. Apart from having an extensive vocabulary of more than 250 English and Mandarin phrases, Robi can also sing, dance and control your TV. Most importantly, Robi has been exclusively re-programmed to speak several phrases in Bahasa Malaysia, only available in Malaysia.

ROBI will be sold at a wide range of Malaysian retailers via a weekly DeAgostini magazine which will feature the latest Robi parts, simple assembly instructions and educational articles focused on electronics and robotics. Over the course of 70 issues, Malaysian parents (and gadget lovers) will be able to construct Robi, in the process enjoying quality face-time time and experiences with their children.

Parents interested in learning more are invited to visit the roadshow at One Utama and get to know and play with some completed Robi’s! There will also be a daily ‘Robi Rave’, dance performance featuring 100 Robi robots at 3:30pm and 7:30pm on 10th March 2017, 11:00am, 3:30pm, and 7:30pm on 11th March 2017, and 11:30am and 3:00pm on 12th March 2017.

EVENT DETAILS:
Date:    10 to 12 March 2017 (Friday to Sunday)
Time:    Mall opening hours, with Robi Rave performance at times stated below.
Venue: Highstreet, One Utama Shopping Centre
For more information, please visit http://www.myrobi.my/https://www.facebook.com/robimykl/ or call 03-2168 3738 (Mondays to Fridays, 9am – 6pm) for general enquiries.

ROBI LOCAL RETAILERS
ROBI will be sold at selected locations of the following retailers.
*In no particular order
ROBI will also be available via online subscription.

ABOUT DEAGOSTINI EDITORE S.P.A
Geographer Giovanni DeAgostini founded his mapping company in Rome in line with the 1901 establishment of the Association of Geographical Societies. Within 100 years, the company has risen to become a world-recognised producer of diverse cutting-edge publications, capturing more than 50% market share of part work globally.

Today, DeAgostini Editore S.p.A has extended its reach to 33 countries all around the world, continuing to be a pioneer and leader you can trust.

PROFESSOR TOMOTAKA TAKAHASHI, THE CREATOR OF ROBI
TomotakaTakahashi is the Chief Executive Officer of ROBO GARAGE.Co.,Ltd, established since April, 2003 to develop robot technologies in Osaka, Japan. He creates, designs and invents unique and original humanoids (Ropid, FT, Chroino, Neon).

Inspired by his childhood obsession with Astroboy and other fictional characters, Takahashi decided to study robotics after completing a sociology degree. Takahashi prefers to work on smaller robots, as they are easier to handle and people have more realistic expectation of them. Unlike machines, which are cold and uninviting, humans can relate to robots because they have bodies like humans or animals, which opens up new possibilities for communication, which Takahashi believes is their greatest strength.

His goal is to create robots with exaggerated movements, and to do that he prefers small, tough servos with metal gears, using the best hardware he can afford. The form, or outer shell, can be made in two ways: traditionally-sculpted molds which are vacuum sealed, or through the use of CAD software and a rapid prototyping machine (3D printer technology).


He is also Associate Professor at Tokyo University, Research Center for Advance Science and Technology. Visiting Professor at Osaka Electro-Communication University, Faculty of Information Science and Arts, Department of Computer Science. Advisor for Human Academy Robot School.
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