The Coronavirus pandemic has robbed many students of experiencing some major milestone moments at school, including formals, proms and graduation. One university in Japan, however got clever and had their students attend their school’s graduation virtually as avatar robots.
The students at the Business Breakthrough University in Tokyo logged into their laptops at home, were granted access to control avatar robots as themselves and attend the graduation ceremony remotely. Each life-size robot had a “face,” which in actuality was a tablet displaying the graduates’ faces.
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The avatar robots donned caps and gowns to adhere to ceremonial, human traditions. As with a conventional graduation ceremony, each robot moved to the podium to “receive” their diplomas as faculty and staff clapped and cheered, saying “congratulations!”
University President Kenichi Ohmae reportedly did the honors of placing the diplomas on a rack mounted on the robot’s midsection. Keeping social distancing in mind, the ceremony was limited to just four graduate-bots.