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
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.