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Japanese robot leader and Zora Bots (Flanders) team up

“More humanoid robots are being used in Flanders; we’re even surpassing Japan in that regard,” says Fabrice Goffin, CEO of Zora Bots, which has been working with the Japanese Softbank Group in the development of its Zorabot robot.

Added value for healthcare
Humanoid robots have shapes resembling the human body. Despite its familiar form, Zora Bots admits that a humanoid robot will never be able to fully replace a human being. “The innovation contributes real added value in terms of care, though,” the company says. But not every healthcare institution can afford such a robot. That’s why Zora Bots is encouraging other companies to become ‘ambassadors’ and sponsor these institutions.

Benefactors help boost sales
Today, Zora Bots has supplied about 350 humanoid robots to health care facilities, of which 35 were sponsored by another company. Flanders-based IT expert Hestia has made a major contribution: it purchased 17 robots that are currently being used in pediatric wards in hospitals for rehabilitation. In the long term, Hestia aims to donate 30 robots.

Cross-continental collaboration
The body of the Zorabot was developed in France by the Japanese world-leading Softbank Group. The software, however, was developed by Zora Bots itself. Total price tag: EUR 15,000.

Reported by
De Morgen
4 November 2016

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