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Pal Robotics’ REEM-H1 is the first prototype in their new line of humanoid service robots that move on a wheeled base (their previous humanoids, REEM-A and REEM-B, were both bipedal).  By ditching the legs the REEM-H1 moves quicker while being much more stable, and is thus safer for use in commercial applications.  It uses stereoscopic cameras to recognize faces, microphones for detecting multilingual speech, and has several ultrasonic sensors and a laser range finder in its base for mapping and obstacle detection.  With its autonomous navigation capabilities, it is suited to working inside office buildings, hotels, museums, and the like.  Looking a bit like a robotic Captain Picard, it has already been tested in public spaces around Barcelona such as trade expos.

Similar in design and functionality to Fujitsu’s ENON, REEM-H1 has a storage bay that can be used to carry your bags (up to 6kg [13 lbs]), and a touch screen on its chest which can be loaded with customized software.  It is both taller and heavier than ENON, meauring 165cm (5’5″) and 90kg (198 lbs) compared to the ENON’s 130cm and 50kg.  ENON also manages to carry more (up to 10kg [22 lbs]).  That said, REEM-H1 improves on the ENON’s traveling speed (4km/h compared to 3km/h) and has excellent battery life (up to 8 hours).  A few photos and a video follow after the break.

Already Pal Robotics is working on REEM-H2, which sports a more sophisticated design.  And far from abandoning their work on bipedal robots, the company is holding a contest to determine potential designs for the upcoming REEM-C.



Image credit:
Pal Robotics | Okokitsme @ Flickr