Abu Dhabi firm develops humanoid robot
Abu Dhabi, June 12, 2008
Abu Dhabi-based Pal Technology has announced the launch of Reem B, a prototype for the development of one of the most sophisticated humanoid service robots in the world.
The exclusive launch event, held on Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, was attended by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Reem B is the next generation prototype of a humanoid robot designed and built by Pal Technology, a multi-discipline business established in 2000.
The 60 kg robot’s customized hardware and software development makes it a truly autonomous, self-contained service robot, able to communicate with humans and perform a number of unique and sophisticated tasks, said a statement.
Reem B is the evolution of the first humanoid robot Reem A created by Pal Technology Robotics. Reem B has the unique ability to map and self localise itself, both elements that distinctly set it apart from Reem A. Although both robots can perform face recognition, object recognition, voice recognition and walking, Reem B, can also converse with humans, walk dynamically, recognize and grasp objects, accept voice commands, and even remind appointments, said the statement.
Davide Faconti from Pal Technology said: “Our dedicated team of engineers has worked hard for four long years to get to where we are today. This is an extremely proud moment for all of those who have worked tirelessly in helping to develop Reem B.
“Reem B is equipped with an infrared laser on its feet, allowing it to find its way and generate autonomously a map of its environment onto a computer screen which guests are able to witness in real time.” added Faconti.
Reem B is also able to carry up to 25 per cent of its weight, making it the world’s strongest humanoid robot. In addition, the 1.47 m tall robot has a fingered hand with 12 motors, and is able to maneuver up and down stairs, with added sensors to ensure that it avoids any obstacles. Reem B also boasts the longest battery autonomy of any robot – an impressive 120 minutes.
Basar Shueb, general manager of Pal Technology said: “Pal Technology’s ultimate goal is to create a truly useful humanoid service robot that will be able to help humans in the future with sophisticated tasks. Reem B is clearly aligned with this vision, not only representing the next generation of humanoid robotics, but a robot designed to assist people and not replace them”.
During the exclusive launch event, Pal Technology presented Abu Dhabi University with a scholarship programme for outstanding post graduate students, from the Computer Science and Robotics department. As part of this programme, students will be given the opportunity to work with the team of experts behind the advancement of Reem B and to assist first hand with Pal Technology’s future research and development plans. - TradeArabia News Service
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