The East Japan Railway Company (JR East) created a humanoid robot named I Robot, designed to be a robot guide. The droid is popularly known as “I” which stands for Information, and this is exactly what JR East wants for its train stations in Japan.
Standing 120 cm (4 feet) and weighing 50 Kg, this droid is equipped with a 'Suica Card' reader. The reader is attached on its shoulder and serves as a contactless train pass. Additionally, a touchscreen is fixed on its chest that allows “I” to display several kinds of data for the convenience of passers-by.
This robot guide also provides passenger assistance at the customer service windows. It doubles up as a security robot, moving around using its wheels. It is agile and dexterous, and can spin around. In addition, “I” is capable of recognizing voices and is equipped with face recognition capabilities as well.
Currently JR East is addressing many adjustments to the robot. Eventually, its developer is looking to utilize this droid at train stations all over the country.
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