Many businesses, institutions, and consumers are adapting to life during the COVID-19 pandemic and an innovative example of this is this graduation ceremony in Japan that had avatar robots replace the physical presence of students.
Dubbed 'Newme,' the robotic solution was brought by developer ANA Holdings for a graduation ceremony at the Business Breakthrough (BBT) University. Given the climate of the pandemic and the uncertainty it brings for physical events, a project like this points to possible future solutions for important life events.
During the unconventional ceremony, students were accepting their diplomas from home and their presence was physically extended in the form of avatar robots that were dressed in graduation caps and gowns. Their faces were projected onto the tablets and students could control their avatar robot remotely.
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