National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) unveiled its secret robot weapon at the big
International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2011). The 2011-REEM is a
robot visitor assistant at the ADNEC centre.
Its job is to be a guide and
greeter and it provided a personalised greeting service to VIPs at the
10th edition of IDEX when the event opened at ADNEC,
believes it is the first live events venue to trial such a robot initiative and
the centre’s MD, His Excellency Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, said he was
“delighted” to be able to trial REEM during IDEX 2011.
REEM is a 1.65m
prototype produced by Abu Dhabi-based PAL Robotics (PAL Group). It has a mobile
base that enables the robot to move at 5kph and is powered by lithium batters.
It has a motorised head with face-recognition functions. The robot has sensors
and a multimedia touchscreen that can
offer information in various formats, as well as the ability to speak to a
helpdesk attendant via video conference.
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