Here are the coolest exhibits from the World Robot Conference 2022

A robotics engineer presents a humanoid that looks like him at the World Robot Conference, Beijing, China, August 18, 2022 /CFP

A robotics engineer presents a humanoid that looks like him at the World Robot Conference, Beijing, China, August 18, 2022 /CFP

The World Robot Conference 2022 has been taking place in Beijing for over two days, with thousands watching some of the world’s most advanced robots.

More than 30 products debuted at the accompanying exhibition, combining the latest AI, manufacturing and control technologies to serve specialists, factories and, most importantly, consumers.

Here are some of the coolest robots we found at the expo.

A vending machine that cooks

A robot prepares a serving of jianbingguozi in a food vending machine presented at the World Robot Conference, Beijing, China, August 19, 2022. /CMG

A robot prepares a serving of jianbingguozi in a food vending machine presented at the World Robot Conference, Beijing, China, August 19, 2022. /CMG

A vending machine of Jianbingguozi, a burrito-like Chinese-style pancake roll, attracted children, adults and even potential business partners.

Jianbingguozi is very common in northern China. Food loses its charm if it is served cold, which is why vendors usually cook it to order only.

This robotic arm vending machine cooks in front of shoppers, with which one person can cook at least three orders at the same time, according to the manufacturer.

The company’s CEO told CGTN Digital that he worked six years in the robotics industries to come up with this idea and spent another four years building this model.

“I’m building 40 of these machines and will launch a public trial shortly,” he said.

At CGTN Digital, we gave robotic foods a seven out of ten rating for above-average taste and cleanliness of the cooking process.

Click here to watch our live stream of the event. The jianbingguozi part is right at the end of the video.

COVID swab with computer vision

A visitor to the World Robot Conference tries out a COVID-19 testing machine, Beijing, China, August 18, 2022. /CFP

A visitor to the World Robot Conference tries out a COVID-19 testing machine, Beijing, China, August 18, 2022. /CFP

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on with no predicted end date, some Chinese robot makers have moved to build testing robots that automatically swab people’s throats for samples.

We found different types of machines made by three manufacturers, but only one managed to feature obvious AI capabilities and fit into the category of robots instead of just machines.

The machine is equipped with cameras to “search” people’s throats using computer vision and a robotic arm to perform the swab.

We tried it several times with different gestures. It can tell if the tester is having fun and play audio instructions to help the tester get the job done.

The swab was quite gentle, just like real nurses.

The real exoskeleton

Visitors to the World Robot Conference try out exoskeleton products, Beijing, China, August 19, 2022. /CFP

Visitors to the World Robot Conference try out exoskeleton products, Beijing, China, August 19, 2022. /CFP

Many experts at the conference said China is now leading the way in the field of the exoskeleton, an external skeleton that supports and protects the body, giving it the strength to do near impossible things.

A company showed off a support robot that can be fitted to people whose legs are disabled due to spinal cord injuries.

We tried the machine at the show and it can help people walk without using any lower body strength.

These machines, according to the seller, can aid in the recovery of these injuries.

A model was used during the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games Torch Relay to help Paralympians run.

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