Wednesday, May 22, 2024

ANA imagines the future of travel without airplanes

Goodbye to the long hours of flight, stopovers and connections and lost suitcases, as in future all this can be avoided with the help of a robot that might stand in your place.

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has introduced a telepresence robot called “Newme” that allows people to visit their families without having to go to an airport and get on a plane. The system can be beneficial especially for the people whose health prevents them from traveling far.

The robot allows people to chat and tour the house remotely through a video call available on the computer screen mounted on a stand equipped with wheels. Besides, This avatar robot can go shopping on your behalf, and allow you to attend sports matches from remote locations.

With an autonomy of about three hours, Newme has a weight of about 15 kg and a height of between a meter and a meter and a half. Equipped with a 10.1-inch touch screen, it can stream video in full HD and its design can be customized as per height and appearance.

The Japanese group wants to allow a family to meet for the holidays without having to pay a ticket and impact the environment. ANA plans to launch the first batch of 1000 robots in April 2020. It sees the use of avatars as an opportunity for the elderly or disabled to participate fully in society.