Japanese robot maker to set up Saudi research base

Roborior will be designed to monitor the elderly and report any 'unusual behaviour' to care providers

Domo arigato, Mr Roboto: new Roborior will primarily care for the elderly.
Domo arigato, Mr Roboto: new Roborior will primarily care for the elderly.

Japan-based robot developer tmsuk has announced plans to open a base in Jeddah to refine its home security robot, Roborior.

The company is negotiating with an investment firm affiliated with the King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah to establish a joint venture which would develop the robot. Roborior is designed to look after the elderly by sending alerts over unusual behaviour to smartphone users and services.

A working prototype is expected by summer and global sales of Roborior are expected to follow.

Yoichi Takamoto, tmsuk’s director, is expected to serve as chairman of the JV, while a King Abdulaziz University faculty member who studied in Japan will serve as president. A team of engineers is expected to be dispatched from Japan to Jeddah.

The new facility will complement a second research and development base which is currently under construction in the Tottori Prefecture, Japan. That unit is developing robots for use in medicine.

The company also outsources work to a Taiwanese subsidiary for production of a wheelchair-like motorised robot now being tested in Denmark. A Hong Kong subsidiary set up at the end of 2014 is in charge of the group's financial matters.

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