OTA, Gunma -- To battle a day care worker shortage and lighten the burden on those working in the field, this city is taking a unique approach -- leading the development of a system to watch over children using "nursery robots."
The robots are being developed by Gunma University in collaboration with a private tech company. According to the Ota Municipal Government and other project participants, the nursery robot "VIVO" would be able to take attendance, measure the temperatures of children and also check on their vital signs during nap times. Field experiments in the city's day care centers are scheduled to begin in October, with the group aiming to introduce the finished product in April 2018. It is envisaged the system would initially be priced at 4 to 5 million yen, with demand for 10,000 units required in the future to make it commercially viable.