Launched in 2010, Eliza is a humanoid guide robot developed by the Intelligent Robotics Research Lab of the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), with the help of the China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation. It was first seen by the general public during the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, where it was used as a general guide.
Since then, Eliza has been set as a guide robot in various shopping malls and Wal-Mart stores. Shoppers are treated to some great entertainment when a crew of Eliza robots performs its choreographed dance routine.
Eliza shines as a very intelligent guide robot, due to its speech recognition capabilities, allowing it to interact with humans. It is capable of engaging in simple Chinese conversations.
Eliza stands 1.5 meters high, proportional to its weight of 50kgs. It moves at a speed of one meter per second through its two wheels, which are situated underneath its skirt. It has six degrees of freedom: two in its head and four in its arms.