Ro­bot helps pas­sen­gers at Seat­tle air­port

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

A ro­bot named Tracey greeted pas­sen­gers at the Seat­tle-Ta­coma In­ter­na­tional Air­port, pro­vid­ing tips to get them smoothly through se­cu­rity check­points. The red and white hu­man­sized ro­bot car­ries a large elec­tronic sign and can speak to pas­sen­gers in six dif­fer­ent lan­guages. Air­port of­fi­cials say the ro­bot isn’t de­signed to re­place hu­man work­ers, but to al­low them to spend more time on crit­i­cal se­cu­rity work.

Tracey was cre­ated by Ad­vanced Ro­bot So­lu­tions. CEO Paul Mc­Manus says it is a demon­stra­tion model, but fu­ture ver­sions could rec­og­nize when a trav­eler is wear­ing sun­glasses or a hat and ask them to take it off be­fore the se­cu­rity check­point. The ro­bot was on duty tem­po­rar­ily at the Seat­tle air­port Thurs­day as it hosts a meet­ing of air­port ex­ec­u­tives from around the coun­try.—AP

WASH­ING­TON: Air­line pas­sen­gers walk past a ro­bot pro­vid­ing tips for get­ting through se­cu­rity faster dur­ing a pi­lot project as they head to­ward a se­cu­rity check­point at Seat­tle-Ta­coma In­ter­na­tional Air­port, in SeaTac, Wash­ing­ton. —AP

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