REEM-H2 – humanoid service robot created by PAL Robotics
PAL Robotics is a Spanish company, based in Barcelona, dedicated to the Research & Development of humanoid robots. It forms part of the PAL Group from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. After many years of study and various prototypes, the company is now commencing the launch and production of commercial products. The latest version of their humanoid service robot is named REEM-H2.
REEM-H2 is 1.7 meters (5 feet 7 inches) tall humanoid robot which weights 90 kg (198 pounds) and has 22 degrees of freedom. The upper part of the robot comprises of a torso with a touch-screen, two motorized arms, which give it a high degree of expression, and a head, which is also motorized. Its design is much more modern compared to the previous versions.
The robot has a mobile base with wheels, allowing it to move at 5 kilometers per hour (3.1 miles per hour). It contains a small platform, which can be used to transport objects of up to 30 kg (66 pounds) and it is able to wear additional weight of 3 kg (6.6 pound) in each arm. Robot’s mobile base contains a lithium battery that keeps it running up to eight hours.
REEM-H2 contains an advanced 12 inch multimedia touch-screen with a variety of applications. When you touch the screen you are presented with an option to choose your language. From there on you can scroll through a variety of applications, which can be completely adapted to both the REEM customer and the final user. In screensaver-mode it may be used as a dynamic way of local or national advertising, which could be exploited using a pay-per-click model.
The touch-screen contents of REEM-H2 can be easily altered depending on the event robot is used on. The software can also be updated on a regular basis, ensuring REEM can interact with the latest version of many applications. And all this can be done over a secure Internet connection in an office of a private or secure public space.
In order to find its way around, the robot uses stereo-camera, laser, ultrasounds, accelerometers and gyroscopes. Thanks to its autonomous navigation system, its user-friendly touch-screen, and its voice and face recognition system, REEM-H2 can help or entertain people in most public environments. Its developers hope the robot will be used in a wide spectrum of public spaces as hotels, museums, trade shows, special events, shopping malls, airports, hospitals or care centers.