Visitors at the CeBIT, the world’s largest high-tech fair, were introduced to a new technological product: “Jazz”, a “telepresence” robot that was wandering around the expo grounds.
Jazz was made by the French firm Gostai. Jazz is a a shiny white humanoid robot that could one day attend business meetings and help make it unnecessary for business people to make long distance trips in the future.
The robot can be controlled by a laptop, smartphone or any other device that can connect to the Internet. It shows the operator’s face as its own face, making it like an avatar for that person. It even speaks in their own voice, which is another reason it would be good for meetings and allow the users to connect remotely to any meeting anywhere in the world to “attend” via the Jazz robot.
Jazz hasn’t been out more than a few months, but has major possibilities, according to its creators. The robot works for five hours with a charge and can move around at about 2.5 miles per hour.
Besides the white robot, there is another stealthier looking dark colored unit that can be used as a security guard. The security guard version can be programmed to walk around somewhere and then alert authorities if it detects some sort of unusual movement or unauthorized activities.
“Jazz”, costs about $11,000 or about $12,000 for the security version.