Colleges shut? No problem, robots would help you graduate
Schools and colleges are shut due to Coronavirus and it’s just not possible to venture out. This also means that many students are missing out on their year-end graduation ceremonies. But Japan has a way out.
A Tokyo university — Business Breakthrough University (BBT)— has used avatar robots to enable students to “attend” their graduation ceremony without leaving home.
And the event saw it all. Held at Tokyo’s Hotel Grand Palace, the professors and students even gave speeches.
Each time a student’s name was called out by a moderator, one of the two remotely operated “Newme” avatar robots, dressed in graduation caps and gowns, motored to the podium to accept the diploma from the president. The graduate was able to experience the event, and hear the handful of school staff in attendance clap and shout-out their “congratulations,” via a digital tablet attached to each Newme’s head.
The beaming students even remotely posed for an official graduation photo.