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Tsukuda to launch humanoid robot 'Pino' in Aug.

TOKYO, June 29 Kyodo

Toy maker Tsukuda Original Co. said Friday it will launch a humanoid robot toy capable of walking on two legs on Aug. 31.

The robot, named ''Pino'' after the fairy-tale character Pinocchio, responds to stimulation through a sensor, mimics emotions via sound, light and movement, and will walk forward when called, the company said.

The Pino robot series comes in three types of varying functions and sizes, which are priced at 1,980 yen, 5,980 yen and 12,000 yen.

The staple product, Robot Friend Pino, which is priced at 5,980 yen, is 36.6 centimeters high and can not only walk, talk, and dance but also is able to enhance its language ability if the owner plays with it, Tsukuda said.

The 12,000 yen model, tentatively called Robot Friend Pino DX, will be put on the market in October, it said.

The target sales of the robot products, including related goods such as Pino stuffed dolls and cellular phone straps, are 2 billion yen in the first year. Related goods will be sold sequentially from July 10, the toy maker said.

The toy robot was originally developed in a five-year project of Japan Science and Technology Corp., a government-funded organization set up to enhance Japan's overall science and technology.
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Date:Jul 2, 2001
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