A group of Japanese companies develops a robot in the form of a suitcase, which, using artificial intelligence, will help visually impaired people travel on their own.
The robot waterman will track the user location and cartographic data to determine the best route to the destination. After that, with the help of voice and tactile technology, he will pass certain vibrations through the handle of the suitcase, directing its owner in the right direction.
During the trip, the robot will analyze the data from video cameras and distances for the subsequent identification of the obstacles encountered. He also has an interactive conversational function that notifies the user about the stores nearby, where he can make the necessary purchases.
The idea of creating a robot belongs to an IBM Japan employee ChiCom Asakave, who has serious vision problems. During the next trip, when she had to roll her suitcase herself, she realized that having equipped it with the necessary sensors, the usual accessory can be turned into a real guide.
The project combined the efforts of several leading electronic companies – IBM Japan, which is responsible for AI, Alps Alpine (Tactile Technologies), Omron (Image Recognition and Sensors), Shimizu (Navigation System) and Mitsubishi (Automation Technologies).
The team first intends to conduct experiments on determining the requirements for the prototype of the device, which will be presented by June 2020 in Tokyo. After that, experienced prototypes will pass “run -in” at airports, commercial complexes and other rooms, and then outdoors.
Source — Asahi Shimbun