Japan continues its march forward to displace unsuspecting human workers with the new An9-PR robot. The robot is designed to provide digital advertisements in public spaces such as shopping malls and other public areas frequented by consumers.
The robot adds an interactive feature to the advertising by offering a touch screen LCD that allows anyone to quickly access ad information, or details regarding the surrounding shopping area. Like its cousin, the Guard Robot D1, the An9-PR is equipped with obstacle sensors, but adds a top-mounted camera and wireless connectively for remote interaction and sells for 10,436,000 yen ($110,000). The one pictured above is scheduled to go to work starting in 2010 at the Hamamatsu Science Museum in Japan.