Avatar robots partnership combines Sony AI, remote control tech

Avatar robots partnership combines Sony AI, remote control tech

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By Rich Pell

Next-generation avatar robots, say the companies, are expected to play a central role in situations where autonomous robots have barriers to safe and cost effective deployment, and where it is difficult for people to perform physical tasks. Along with telepresence technology, next generation remote control robots are expected to be used in various situations of everyday life – for example, in offices, stores, and homes.

“Avatars or remote-controlled robots enable many types of work and communication without the physical presence of humans,” says Hiroaki Kitano, CEO of Sony AI. “For the full scale deployment of avatars, we need to combine a wide range of technologies such as robotics, sensors, AI, user interaction, and high-speed communication networks, in addition to the fleet management and service management know-how to operate avatar fleets consistently and reliably.”

“It is also expected that there will be an increasing demand for various remote robotic solutions that can perform physical tasks,” says Kitano, “especially in high-risk environments and situations where human contact and movement are restricted. Through collaboration with avatarin, Sony AI aims to establish a new social foundation for avatars and raise the level of social life.”

Akira Fukabori, CEO of avatarin says, “avatarin and its robotic avatar platform is ANA’s solution to connecting more of the world’s population instantaneously and effortlessly. This is a platform that will enable anyone to connect with remote, real-world avatar systems to transport their senses, consciousness, and skills to anywhere in the world. avatarin, together with Sony AI, aims to accelerate development of versatile robotic avatars that can be deployed globally to create the world’s newest infrastructure that will allow all of us to share our skills and support one another like never before.”

In order to accelerate the deployment of avatar robots to meet various societal needs, the companies say they will bring together their respective expertise, including Sony AI’s machine learning and robotics technology; Sony Group’s sensing and actuator device technology; and avatarin’s remote-controlled robot technology, platform, and numerous use-case test results. Through this collaboration, say the companies, they will jointly investigate the development and deployment of next-generation avatar robots that are easy for anyone to use.

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