DarumaTO-2 (Daruma Theomorphic Operator v2 ) is a 2 DoF robot prototype resembling a Daruma (達磨) doll. With its familiar appearance to older generations of Japan and China, it can potentially serve as a social robot that provides company and monitors health of elderly people - a critical need in ageing societies.

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G. Trovato, T. Kishi, M. Kawai, T. Zhong, J.Y. Lin, Z. Gu, and A. Takanishi, The creation of DarumaTO: a social companion robot for Buddhist/Shinto elderlies”, in 2019 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), Hong Kong, China, July 2019. [link]

G. Trovato, L. De Saint Chamas, M. Nishimura, R. Paredes, C. Lucho, A. Huerta-Mercado, and F. Cuellar: "Religion and robots: towards the synthesis of two extremes", International Journal of Social Robotics, p. 1-18, May 2019 [link]

G. Trovato, F. Cuellar, and M. Nishimura: "Introducing ‘theomorphic robots’",
2016 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Cancún, Mexico,
November 2016. [link]

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