This robot could give new meaning to armchair travel

ANA Holdings plans to launch an avatar robot that lets people who can't travel see matches 'in person.'

Japanese airline ANA Holdings recently announced that it is developing a telepresence robot that could travel in place of those who are unable.

For those who are unable to travel due to age or disability, ANA Holdings is developing a telepresence robot which functions as a physical avatar that can travel on behalf of an individual.

Though this service has the potential to work with various types of bots, it has been undergoing testing with an original robot called "newme." This avatar is equipped with a full HD, 2K display which works as the traveler's face. Users will be able to interact with the robot's surroundings in high resolution. Optional and customizable body accessories would help users tailor their avatar's abilities to their travel desires.

According to the company, robotic avatars have the potential to "open up new possibilities and help reshape everything from business and education to healthcare and entertainment." The company even suggests that such a device could potentially help people find employment.

To offer a range of experiences, ANA Holdings has plans to collaborate and partner with companies and governments worldwide to make an international network for the newmes.

ANA Holdings' avatar program is slated to launch in April 2020 with 1,000 being deployed by the summer.