The Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute in Japan has devised a bot that helps the navigationally challenged. Robovie people-watched a section of the Universal Citywalk Shopping Center in Osaka and offered his expertise if they seemed disoriented. After literally asking “Are you lost?,” he provided directions or suggested shops and restaurants. The robot uses 16 cams, 6 laser range finders and 9 RFIDs to keep track of up to 20 individuals, including their locations and behavior (such as walking or waiting.)
ATR will be establishing themselves permanently in the shopping center and hope to hire out its guides beginning this June.
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