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2017-03-17

Photos: This robot may help you carry things after Shopping



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The value of life is being improved upon as the days goes by, starting from the creation of things. Not everybody would have the strength to carry whatsoever he must have bought from the stores down to his home. Sometimes it could be heavy or even bigger than one person to carry. A robot named Gita is produced to help you in this aspect.

Gita is a large, roundish follow-me robot from Piaggio Group, on wheels that can schlep our stuff while it navigates urban sidewalks and other tight spaces. The robot's prototype that weighs 75-pound certainly made quite an impression on passersby as it rolled down a busy Avenue. Several people stopped to gawk at Gita and snap pictures during a demonstration, and to ask: What is it?

Permit me to say that Gita is partially a Cargo Robot. It has a compartment big enough to carry a case of wine, roughly 40 pounds, suggesting that a couple of years from now consumers might employ just such a robot to shop for their household items. It can operate around 8 hours on a lithium ion battery, charged by plugging it into a regular outlet.

What you need to know about Gita

You might walk to the store or ride a bike instead of driving, and have Gita follow behind. It can follow you home, too, or you can unleash Gita on its own to deliver whatever it is you bought. Gita can capture 360-degree video and its movements can be tracked, useful if someone tried to mess with your stuff while the robot was in transit. It can also operate inside a house.

Though it can work autonomously and in a convoy with other robots, Gita is meant to learn from the human operator who controls it while donning a wearable of some sort. "We think that human intelligence is a way more powerful tool to teach robots the complexities of the world than to try to have robots figure out the complexities on their own," says Jeffrey Schnapp, the Chief executive. "Having humans at the steering wheel is a good thing."
It is operated by the person walking next to it, who wears a special belt.  Sensors on Gita can help it avoid obstacles and the robot has the smarts to plan its routes. Gita can back up, move forward and rotate on its own axis. It can also move at human speeds, from a crawl on up to 22 mph.

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“Gita behaves just like you do as a pedestrian,” Schnapp says.

 For now, it can’t ride an elevator, climb stairs or on its own detect a red light, though that could change in the future if such lights were wired into a city network. “It’s perfectly conceivable we could design our vehicles to cross stoplights but that’s not the world we live in right now,” Schnapp says.

Piaggio, the company that manufactures Gita, plans to lease or sell the robot for commercial purposes when it first goes into production in 2018. Along those lines, you might see Gita in resort communities and hotels, shopping malls, urban authorities, parks, campuses and so on. Gita can also be used to map indoor spaces and sidewalks that are difficult to map using other methods. Piaggio is opening up the platform to developers and companies who may want to customize the robot for their own use. It hasn't disclosed a sticker price.

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