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Robot to aid airline passengers in Amsterdam

By T.K. Randall
November 29, 2015 · Comment icon 3 comments

The robot will help passengers to navigate. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Acdx
A humanoid robot guide called Spencer will be tasked with helping passengers reach the correct terminals.
The robot, which is vaguely humanoid in shape and has an interactive screen on its front, can help guide people to their destinations using a complex series of sensors and an on-board computer.

Special maps in its software enable it to determine where it is at any given time while also giving it the ability to distinguish permanent landmarks such as walls and doors from temporary obstacles such as baggage trolleys which can move at a moment's notice.

Developed by researchers from five different countries, the robot will be appearing at the airport from Monday to help reduce the number of passengers who miss their plane after becoming lost.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (3)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin 9 years ago
If an airport terminal is so confusing that a robot is needed to facilitate traffic... something is wrong with the airport.
Comment icon #2 Posted by highdesert50 9 years ago
I would suspect too, that this robot provides an opportunity to do very controlled surveillance.
Comment icon #3 Posted by toast 9 years ago
I remember the nice young ladies at the bakery shops at Schiphol and I have to say that I dont want them to be replaced by a bunch of twaddling C3PO fags. No. Never.

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