World Robot Conference kicks off in Beijing with robot nurse and Chinese-speaking Albert Einstein 


A Chinese-speaking ‘Albert Einstein’ stole the show at the first day of the World Robot Conference in Beijing on Friday.

It was just one of more than 500 intelligent machines on display in the capital city’s E-Town, an industrial park-turned technology mecca located in the capital’s Daxing district.

According to reports, it is one of the most intelligent androids ever developed and communicates fluently in Mandarin. 

It comes as more than 110 companies are exhibiting their best creations at the Etrong International Exhibition and Convention Centre, including everything from industrial assembly line robots to humanoid servants and machines capable of performing intricate surgery.

Albert Einstein robot was just one of more than 500 intelligent machines on display in the capital city’s E-Town, an industrial park-turned technology mecca located in the Daxing district

According to reports, it is one of the most intelligent androids ever developed and communicates fluently in Mandarin

According to reports, it is one of the most intelligent androids ever developed and communicates fluently in Mandarin

A remarkably life-like humanoid makes hand gestures while communicating with visitors at the robot conference

A remarkably life-like humanoid makes hand gestures while communicating with visitors at the robot conference 

Crowds donning face masks gather to watch sophisticated dog robots - which are capable climbing stairs and performing back flips

Crowds donning face masks gather to watch sophisticated dog robots – which are capable climbing stairs and performing back flips

A visitor inspects a robot designed to help children learn via an interactive screen on its chest

A visitor inspects a robot designed to help children learn via an interactive screen on its chest 

A dog robot shows how it easily walks up stairs as onlookers record videos and snap pictures

A dog robot shows how it easily walks up stairs as onlookers record videos and snap pictures

A robot shark also caught the eye of visitors, which took centre stage at to the booth of company Boya Gondago

A robot shark also caught the eye of visitors, which took centre stage at to the booth of company Boya Gondago

Visitors marvel at the Kando Robotic laparoscopic surgery robot system which can be remotely operated

Visitors marvel at the Kando Robotic laparoscopic surgery robot system which can be remotely operated

This sterilising robot was one of more than 500 machines on display at the conference

This sterilising robot was one of more than 500 machines on display at the conference

Visitors watch the human-machine collaboration robot as it delicately picks up eggs

Visitors watch the human-machine collaboration robot as it delicately picks up eggs 

AI robots created by PadBot can be seen smiling and winking at passersby at the conference in Beijing

AI robots created by PadBot can be seen smiling and winking at passersby at the conference in Beijing

A quadruped robot named the Jueying Mini, developed by DeepRobotics, draws a crowd

A quadruped robot named the Jueying Mini, developed by DeepRobotics, draws a crowd 

A sophisticated servant robot is seen pouring a fizzy drink into a plastic cup as onlookers record the moment on their phone

A sophisticated servant robot is seen pouring a fizzy drink into a plastic cup as onlookers record the moment on their phone

A robot fish catches the eye of an attendee at the Boya Gondago booth at the World Robot Conference

A robot fish catches the eye of an attendee at the Boya Gondago booth at the World Robot Conference 

A man interacts with a small robot designed to interact with and teach children

A man interacts with a small robot designed to interact with and teach children 

A woman makes a heart shape by putting her hands on her head as she dances with a panda robot

A woman makes a heart shape by putting her hands on her head as she dances with a panda robot 

Other stand-outs include a dog robot equipped with high-quality cameras and radar sensors. 

The canine machine, made by DeepRobotics, can detect its own posture in real time to remain flexible and stable, the company’s marketing manager said.

‘Its biggest advantage is that it can replace humans to complete some tasks in complex and dangerous scenarios,’ they added.

‘For example, it can adapt to terrains such as stairs, slopes, gravel roads, and grass.’

There’s also what’s referred to as a nursing robot – a mechanised wheelchair that can take someone to a bathtub or toilet, then back to bed, all on its own.

Its founder sees China, with its large elderly population, as the biggest market for this type of AI.

They said: ‘Most young people today are unwilling to engage in this job. 

‘Therefore, there is a huge gap in the workers who can take care of disabled elderly people, and this gap has brought great problems to the country and society.’  

A staff member checks the hand of a robot at the world robot conference in Beijing

A staff member checks the hand of a robot at the world robot conference in Beijing

The Kando Robotic laparoscopic surgery robot is capable of carrying out tricky operations

The Kando Robotic laparoscopic surgery robot is capable of carrying out tricky operations 

The UBTECH Panda robot makes a heart shape by raising its hands to its head

The UBTECH Panda robot makes a heart shape by raising its hands to its head 

Visitors play with a fish robot as it is put into action in a small paddling pool at the Boya Gongdao booth

Visitors play with a fish robot as it is put into action in a small paddling pool at the Boya Gongdao booth

Another underwater robot on display at the Boya Gongdao booth inside the conference centre

Another underwater robot on display at the Boya Gongdao booth inside the conference centre 

Robot dogs go for a stroll at the Unitree Robotics booth at the Etrong International Exhibition centre

Robot dogs go for a stroll at the Unitree Robotics booth at the Etrong International Exhibition centre

Visitors marvel at an intelligent robotic assembly system at the booth of Yaskawa Shougang Robot Co.

Visitors marvel at an intelligent robotic assembly system at the booth of Yaskawa Shougang Robot Co.

A man looks at his phone as he walks by a robot poster at the Beijing Canbot Technology Co.

A man looks at his phone as he walks by a robot poster at the Beijing Canbot Technology Co. 

A Da Vinci surgical robot on display at the booth of Intuitive Surgical - Fosun Medical Technology

A Da Vinci surgical robot on display at the booth of Intuitive Surgical – Fosun Medical Technology 

A flexible robotic arm prepares a cup of tea at the booth of Soft Robot Tech Co.

A flexible robotic arm prepares a cup of tea at the booth of Soft Robot Tech Co. 

A brightly-patterned robot dog wows the crowds as it performs a backflip at the Unitree Robotics booth

A brightly-patterned robot dog wows the crowds as it performs a backflip at the Unitree Robotics booth

Incredible moment a pair of Kawasaki robotic arms play the piano at the booth of the SMC Corporation

Incredible moment a pair of Kawasaki robotic arms play the piano at the booth of the SMC Corporation

A robotic arm grabs an egg at the Yaskawa Shougang Robot Co booth

A robotic arm grabs an egg at the Yaskawa Shougang Robot Co booth

A Da Vinci surgical robot capable of performing intricate operations on show at the booth of Intuitive Surgical - Fosun Medical Technology

A Da Vinci surgical robot capable of performing intricate operations on show at the booth of Intuitive Surgical – Fosun Medical Technology

Elsewhere, another humanoid robot boasts being able to play the piano and chess and can even write and draw pictures. 

Measuring 1.45 metres tall (4ft9), and weighing 77kg, the service robot can also offer massages, perform chores such as hoovering, and can operate coffee machines and open the fridge.    

Other humanoids have been designed to be fountains of knowledge able to answer almost any question posed by a regular human – making them ideal for the likes of museums, tourist attractions, train stations or airports. 

The latest developments in parcel delivery were also on display, with one robot designed to carry packages to a customer’s doorstep and release them using facial recognition technology. 

Such robots have already been put to use in Beijing’s Chaoyang district during the Covid pandemic, as they reduce human-to-human contact and lower the risk of transmission.    

The World Robot Conference 2021 will end on Monday.  

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