Newme Is An Tele-Presence Avatar Robot By Japan's Largest Airline
Japan’s largest airline ANA has been researching and developing a new unique avatar robot that has the ability to bring to life all kinds of experiences in remote areas.
The robot called Newme works by becoming you when it enters the avatar, being able to perform various communications as an infinitely real-time experience. Commenting on the project, Co-director of ANA HD’s avatar division said that Newme’s goal is ‘to eliminate the barriers of physical distance to make remote communication more valuable and to allow everyone to share experiences more democratically.’
The Newme is able to communicate data and be controlled remotely. The head is able to move up and down at 60 degrees, making it easy for users to be able to properly view their environment and look around. Users are able to vividly interact with the robot’s surroundings in high resolution, thanks to the robot’s inbuilt capability to transmit full HD and 2K video. Depending on the needs of the user, body accessories are available which can be customized to fit a variety of user needs. Users are also able to pick their preferred robot color for each body part.
It is also impressive that the robot is lightweight and fold-able, can be installed easily, and is very portable. ANA HD envisions the Newme avatar being used by the public in scenarios such as shopping and enjoying sports matches from remote locations. It is already making headlines in Japan, where it was used for virtual graduations.
- date publishedNovember 30, 2020
- original sourceDesign Boom