Robots replace university students in Zoom graduation ceremony
Newme telepresence robots stand in for university students at graduation, due to concerns over the coronavirus in Japan.
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. These Japanese university students refused to let the coronavirus lockdowns get in the way of celebrating their graduation ceremony.
Keeping in theme, the robots were also dressed in black hats and gowns for the graduation ceremony.
One of the unnamed students said in a statement on March 31, "When I enrolled, I never thought I would operate my avatar and attend the graduation ceremony. However, receiving a diploma in public is a novel experience."
The Newme telepresence robots aren't just useful for attending graduations, they also come in handy if you want to travel without leaving home.
Last year, All Nippon Airways revealed that it would use Newme telepresence robots to allow people to experience faraway places without having to travel there in person. The robots would transmit high-definition 2K videos that let its human users see and interact with the bot's surroundings.