Couple hire AI powered automated photographer to capture candid shots of guests as a fun alternative to a photo booth
A ‘selfie robot’ that is set to replace instant cameras and photo booths at parties has made its debut at at a UK wedding.
The robot, designed by Birmingham-based firm , allowed wedding goers at a local reception to send photos it to themselves by email or text.
Armed with AI software that can detect faces, the robot can ‘roam freely’ around a room and stops to ask people if they would like their photo taken.
It also has an infrared sensor that prevents it smashing into people and obstacles.
Dubbed ‘Eva Photography Robot’, it can be adapted for a number of functions with different casings for guises like ‘Amy Waitress’ for dinner parties.
The robot is designed to bring a more ‘interactive’ experience to weddings compared to instant cameras, according to its developer’s website.
‘No matter how many goofy props you provide guests with, the standard booth simply won’t cut it anymore. A photobooth robot is a fantastic way to bring your wedding into the current decade’, the site pages said.
The robot, which recently wowed party goers at a wedding in Birmingham, has been described as a ‘humanoid’, which is a robot that is made to resemble a human and usually comes with limbs.
The selfie robot allows users to selfies by pressing a capture button at the bottom of its touchscreen like on a phone.
It can then select the options of emailing or text themselves the photographs to themselves to share on social media or have it printed out in a photo printing booth in the same room.
On-screen options can be pre-customised to include company logos or a range of greetings,according to Eva’s specifications.
The robot can also be programmed to take surveys on its touchscreen.
It comes equipped with Infrared Sensors to ‘achieve precise indoor navigation and obstacle avoidance’ according to the website.
Chris wood, the director of Service Robots who spoke to MailOnline, said: ‘They can also be pre-customised to say things like ‘Would you like to take a picture’, said Mr Wood.”It also comes equipped with Lidar.’
Lidar is a remote sensing technology that measures distance by shooting a laser at a target and analysing the light that is reflected back.
The price of using a selfie robot to capture wedding memories are however clearly more expensive than an instant camera or selfie stick.
The cost of hiring Eva for three hours is £499 ($632) + VAT which is roughly £750 ($950), and the robot can be hired for up to 8 hours at a time.
This includes free delivery in the vicinity of Birmingham and an additional charge of around £300 ($380) for London which is roughly 125 miles (200km) away.
According to Mr Wood, the technology is entirely owned by his company, Service robots but the ‘carcasses’ of the robots are imported from China and taken apart to build the new robots.
‘I’m a developer by background but we have also been a photobooth company for the last 15 years which where the idea came from,’ said Mr Wood.
A number of companies are developing such robots for public usage hire including Selfiebot.
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