Hong Kong-based innovator Hanson Robotics has recently announced plans to launch four humanoid robots from its factories within the first two quarter of 2021. The recent statement coincides with predictions from researchers that the coronavirus outbreak will potentially open a host of new opportunities for those involved in the field of robotics to further their work.
Synthetic solutions to serve humankind
Since first being revealed back in 2016, the humanoid robot known as Sophia has become a household name, but now her creators at Hanson Robotics have a new initiative in mind: the mass-production of robots by the close of 2021.
Headquartered at the Hong Kong Science Park, the company founded by David Hanson has stated its intention to roll out Sophia and three-other models from its factories.
Accelerated use of robotic applications
Researchers in the specialised field of social robotics have commented that although this type of technology is still relatively in its early stages, the recent coronavirus crisis could possibly advance the connection between robots and humankind. The need for automated assistance has never been greater to ensure the safety of individuals who may be under constant threat whenever they interact.
Robots assisting a world in crisis
Hanson himself commented that to keep the population safe during the outbreak, more automation is required. The company has purpose-built a robot to help healthcare facilities due for release this year, named Grace.
It is his belief that a robotic solution is not merely limited to assisting organisations in the healthcare sector but those operating in other industries including airlines and retail, serving customers safely without risks of infection.
Other robotics firms have also entered the arena with the Pepper Robot devised by Japan’s SoftBank Robotics employed to identify people without protective face masks and CloudMinds in China assisting in establishing a robot field hospital in the Wuhan Province.
However, Hanson recently added that the robots currently produced by his company are unique for their human appearance, a property he believes can be especially relevant when many people find themselves experiencing loneliness during restrictions requiring social isolation.
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