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Robots entertain at Silicon Valley travel hub

|8 February 2017|


Visitors to an airport servicing Silicon Valley are being kept entertained by a humanoid social robot.

Youngsters – and the young at heart – passing through San Jose International Airport (SJC) are enjoying the new intercative iPal™ Playground featuring the iPal humanoid social robot.

A first of its kind installation in the US, the playground features AvatarMind’s new iPal social companion robots to play with, entertain and even educate travelers—adults and children alike—passing through SJC. The playground includes a maze, as well as an interactive play space where visitors can sing, dance and talk with iPal, and explore the child-sized robot’s educational apps.

“SJC is well-known as the ‘gateway’ to Silicon Valley, and the iPal Playground gives travelers exactly the type of high-tech, innovative experience they expect from the state-of-the-art facility,” said John Ostrem, Ph.D., CEO of AvatarMind.

SJC’s Director of Aviation Kim Becker added: “We are transforming the customer service experience for travelers at SJC, giving them the innovative, next-generation experience they’d expect from a world-class air travel hub. The iPal Playground provides young travelers—and the young at heart—a fun and active outlet from the sedentary nature of travel, and a chance to stretch their legs and their imaginations.”

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Iain is a creative writer, journalist and lecturer, and formerly an editor of two international business publications. Iain is now editor of Innovators Magazine, as well as the strategic content director for OnePoint5Media.


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