Robots are taking over Festival City
Don’t be surprised if you see robots whizzing past you in Dubai Festival City mall this Eid. New Zealand based company Action to Action chose Dubai to open its first Robotics and Innovation store this week. Store manager Rami Kabbani says a robotic revolution means the world is ready for a robot retail store for gadgets of all sizes that perform any task. “We believe that five years from now everything will be robotic, and as you know in Dubai always the latest technology comes here first,” Kabbani, General Manager at Action to Action, said. In its few days of operation the store welcomed customers from across the GCC, he said. The most popular robot so far is a six-legged hexapod, called EZ Robot. The store said 18 units had been purchased in the first three days by buyers, mostly aged between 17 and 24 years. “You build the robot and then you can programme it to do whatever you like,” Kabbani said, adding that his four-year daughter uses it to chase the cat. The EZ Robot Hexabot (pictured below front), costs Dhs2,199 and includes a 3D printer that can print any attachment you’d like to add to the robot, such as a drinks holder. Another popular robot is the Hovis Fighter that is programmed to fight other robots.
ROBOTS ON THE RISE: Two of the robots on sale at the Action to Action store. Left, other robots, including the EZ Robot Hexabot (front)