Ro­botic as­sis­tant

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

PHOTO: HI­TACHI

Hi. Hu­man. My. Name. Is. Emiew3. Do. You. Need. The. Toi­let?

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