UBIC and Vstone to Co-Develop “Kibiro” Personal Robot Capable
of Understanding Human Preferences and Sense
TOKYO, Nov. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — UBIC, Inc. (NASDAQ:UBIC)
(TSE:2158) (“UBIC” or “the Company”), a leading provider of
Asian-language eDiscovery solutions and services; Rappa, Inc.
(“Rappa”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of UBIC engaged in digital
marketing; and Vstone Co., Ltd., a company engaged in the research,
development, manufacture, and sales of omnidirect sensors, robots, and
other electronic machines, announced today that they are co-developing
a personal robot called Kibiro. Kibiro will be designed and
manufactured by Vstone, and will be equipped with UBIC’s
artificial-intelligence (AI) technology. Rappa will be responsible for
developing specific business applications. UBIC and Vstone are
developing Kibiro as an AI-based personal robot that will enrich
Kibiro, approximately 28.5 cm tall and 14 cm wide, is the right height
to communicate with people when it stands on a table. Kibiro can engage
in conversation using microphone and speaker, and is also capable of
facial recognition thanks to its built-in camera. The robot is
programmed to communicate and behave in a cute and friendly manner.
Moreover, Kibiro can be connected with KIBIT, an AI engine developed by
UBIC, and learn its users’ behaviors and preferences through
specialized applications, email and social networking services (“SNS”).
Based on what it learns, Kibiro may make recommendations which appeal
to users’ known preferences, or unexpected recommendations that its
user might never have otherwise conceived. When installed in public or
commercial places, Kibiro may be connected with a suitable database to
provide knowledge and information useful for visitors of that place.
Kibiro will be sold through Rappa to private companies and public
organizations starting in the first half of fiscal year 2016 and to
households starting in the second half of the year.
Features of Kibiro:
User-friendly design and functions of Kibiro
Kibiro will be designed and manufactured by Vstone, which has an
excellent record of achievement in the creation of robots for
consumers. With its simple design, approachable shape, and flexible
body, neck and arm movements, Kibiro can make a variety of friendly
gestures. Capable of facial recognition thanks to its built-in camera,
Kibiro can adapt its responses to the person with whom it is
communicating. It uses its built-in microphone and speaker to engage in
simple conversation. When Kibiro hits the market for households,
several costumes will be made available so that a personal touch can be
added to the robot based on individual preferences.
Connection with UBIC’s KIBIT AI engine
One prominent feature of Kibiro is that it can be connected via the
Internet to KIBIT, an AI engine developed by UBIC. KIBIT has been
developed based on UBIC’s achievements in the litigation and business
support, healthcare and marketing fields. With only a small amount of
text data (teaching data) concerning a person, the KIBIT AI engine can
understand subtle elements of human behavior and personality (tacit
knowledge, judgment and sensations).
If Kibiro is fed with data on users’ interests and preferences
concerning clothes, foods, housing, and other interests, the robot’s
understanding of their preferences improves, making it possible to
recommend restaurants that match their preferences when they are
searching for dining spots, for example. Furthermore, data on
preferences concerning restaurants can be used in other fields, such as
recommending hotels or books that may interest Kiribro’s users.
Moreover, by expanding its search for useful information based on its
understanding of users’ preferences, Kibiro may pleasantly surprise
users by recommending things that match underlying preferences they had
not considered before.
Long-distance communication using specialized applications, email and
Communication with Kibiro can be conducted not only through verbal
conversation but also through various other means. UBIC plans to
provide Kibiro with the ability to work with specialized applications
for smart phones, tablet computers and SNS. Words that are difficult
for Kibiro to understand through voice recognition may be sent to the
robot as text data to achieve understanding. If connected with an SNS,
Kibiro automatically accumulates data concerning users as they use the
service and presents recommendations even when they are away from home.
Such long-distance communication will enable users to utilize Kibiro
anytime and anywhere.
Welcoming visitors at public facilities and commercial spaces
UBIC aims to have Kibiro installed at public facilities, including
museums, libraries, tourist centers, restaurants, bookstores,
department stores, hospitals, hotels, educational facilities and
various other places where a large amount of data is stored and
accumulated or where people spend long periods of time. In the future,
UBIC hopes to develop a system to provide information suited to users
from databases via Kibiro and will cultivate a broad range of users
Size 28.5cm x 14cm x 16cm (H x W x D)
Weight Approx. 800g
Input/output ?Camera, monaural microphone, speaker
?LEDs (eyes, mouth, power lamp)
Interface ?WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI, USB
Power source AC adapter 12V 4A (no built-in battery)
Artificial intelligence Connected with UBIC’s KIBIT AI engine via network
*As Kibiro is still under development, the specifications may be subject to change.
KIBIT is an AI engine developed by UBIC. KIBIT is a word coined by
combining “kibi,” a Japanese word meaning “subtlety,” and “bit,” the
smallest unit of digital information, in order to indicate an AI
capable of understanding the subtle elements of human behavior and
About UBIC, Inc.
UBIC, Inc. (Nasdaq:UBIC) (TSE:2158) supports the analysis of big data
based on behavior informatics by utilizing its technology, “KIBIT”.
UBIC’s KIBIT technology is driven by UBIC AI based on knowledge
acquired through its litigation support services. The KIBIT
incorporates experts’ tacit knowledge, including their experiences and
intuitions, and utilizes that knowledge for big data analysis. UBIC
continues to expand its business operations by applying KIBIT to new
fields such as healthcare and marketing.
UBIC was founded in 2003 as a provider of e-discovery and international
litigation support services. These services include the preservation,
investigation and analysis of evidence materials contained in
electronic data, and computer forensic investigation. UBIC provides
e-discovery and litigation support by making full use of its data
analysis platform, “Lit i View(R)”, and its Predictive Coding
technology adapted to Asian languages.
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