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Arab world's most advanced robot unveiled

Advanced humanoid robot revealed, could help humans perform everyday tasks.

The Arab world’s most advanced humanoid robot was unveiled on Reem Island in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Reem B, a 1.5m tall, 60kg robot, could help humans perform everyday tasks or care for the sick and elderly, its developer, Abu Dhabi-based PAL Technology, told UAE daily The National.

“It is completely autonomous,” said Davide Faconti, head of PAL’s robotics division.

“It knows where it is, and where it is going.”

It can carry objects six times heavier than the lifting capacity of Asimo, the world’s best known robot, developed by Honda of Japan, the newspaper reported.

The robot can recognise faces, engage in conversation and navigate its way around rooms and offices.

Faconti said the company’s ultimate goal was “to create a truly useful humanoid service robot that will be able to help humans in the future with sophisticated tasks”.

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