Air passengers stunned as they are joined by talking Robot
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Posted 12 February 2010 - 12:09 PM
Ibn Sina, the Arabic speaking humanoid robot, recently thrilled other passengers as Emirates Airlines flight EK817 was transporting one of the world's most advanced robots from Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Emirates News Agency reported.
A first for the airline, Ibn Sina, named after an 11th century philosopher, travelled as a first class passenger on the flight. Able to verbally interact with people, Ibn Sina stunned fellow passengers as he was checked in at Emirates' dedicated first class check-in counter and relaxed in the airline's first class lounge prior to boarding his flight.
The robot can recognize faces, understand and converse with people speaking in Arabic - complete with gestures, connect to the internet and retrieve information. It is one of the world's most advanced humanoid robots.
It was accompanied by Dr Nikolaos Mavridis, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the United Arab Emirates University College of Information Technology in Al Ain where the machine was developed, along with two of his assistants. It had to be cleared for travel by the Dubai Police Authorities, the Dubai International Airport, and the Emirates' safety team.
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