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The robot that's facing the future
How can we apply the new technology of robotics to old problems? That's now an option on offer to engineering students at the University of Central Lancashire, and already this novel subject is inspiring revolutionary ideas.
In the heart of the hi-tech north-west's aerospace industry, students are imagining new possibilities. Imagine being able to be in two places at the same time. Or having another version of yourself doing all the jobs you're not keen to do.
These ideas are, thanks to new and surprisingly inexpensive technologies, finally becoming possible, and that's part of the thinking behind 'Makiis'
An acronym for Makroskopic Intelligent Interaction System, Makiis is a popular name for boys in Greece - and also is a prototype 'telepresence' robot which allows people to interact with others anywhere in the world. We think Makiis is one of the world's first robots that can provide enhanced human-like interaction and presence at a distance.
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