THIS week’s weirdest use of wheels is in Hitachi’s new robotic shopping assistant, a machine called Emiew3.
Standing about half as tall as a human, the robot rides on four wheels and has a brain in the cloud that is programmed to spot shoppers who need help and then provide guidance to the right shelf or toilet.
Emiew3’s party trick that is getting all the other robot builders excited, is that it can do the facial recognition and approach autonomously.
Hitachi next plans to start a proof-of-concept (PoC) on new robot services for various situations and environments. Building on what is learnt from Emiew3, Hitachi said it will make robots that “will contribute to the advancement of society and business”. — WR.
Hi. Human. My. Name. Is. Emiew3. Do. You. Need. The. Toilet?