Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The man behind the Banryu robotic guard dragon

banryuOver at, a profile of Yoichi Takamoto, the president of Tsmuk, the company behind the Banryu, a fierce-looking robotic guard dragon designed to protect homes from intruders. They cost nearly 2 million yen (about $18,000), but they've managed to sell 30 of the robots which can sense any disturbances and automatically alert its owner via cellphone. Why'd they decide to build robotic guard dragons and not robotic guard dogs? Takamoto explains that Sony had already cornered the market in robotic dogs with the Aibo.

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