Takashimaya department store launches robot section - first of its kind in Japan

Among 22 products on display are the Sota robot, which users can enjoy chatting with; Musio X, which can engage in English conversation; and Laundroid, a laundry-folding robot.
Among 22 products on display are the Sota robot, which users can enjoy chatting with; Musio X, which can engage in English conversation; and Laundroid, a laundry-folding robot.PHOTO: JAPAN NEWS-YOMIURI

TOKYO (THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Takashimaya has opened a dedicated robot section at its Shinjuku store in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, the first by a department store in Japan.

The Robotics Studio sells cutting-edge products that have evolved through the use of artificial intelligence technologies, and allows customers to touch and use them.

The operator of the department store aims to attract customers of various generations.

Among 22 products on display are the Sota robot, which users can enjoy chatting with; Musio X, which can engage in English conversation; and Laundroid, a laundry-folding robot.

Robots have, up until now, been sold mainly at large home appliance stores or online.

A Takashimaya official in charge of the section said: "We want to expand sales by holding hands-on events, taking advantage of our ability as a department store to create unique opportunities."

The company plans to open another robot section at one of its Kansai stores within next fiscal year.