The future of telepresence and technology is on display and for hands-on experience at the ANA AVATAR XPRIZE final testing event
LONG BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today marks the beginning of the ANA AVATAR XPRIZE testing competition in Long Beach, CA, where 17 teams from 10 countries will compete for the $8M grand prize purse. Sponsored by All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest, five-star airline, the ANA Avatar XPRIZE challenges teams to develop physical, human-operated robotic avatar systems that can execute tasks and replicate a human’s senses, actions and presence to a remote location in real-time, leading to a more connected world.
This free and public event, which is being held November 4-5, 2022 at the Long Beach Convention Center and streamed online, is the culmination of a four-year qualification process that began in March 2018.
Through November 5th, teams will push the limits of immersive telepresence technology—robotics combined with artificial intelligence, sensors, virtual reality (VR), haptics, and more—by testing their avatar creations on a series of complex tasks across a custom-built test course. More than 1,000 people are pre-ticketed to attend, including students, educators, and leaders in the fields of robotics, to get a first-hand view of the future of telepresence.
The teams arrived yesterday in Long Beach, to begin their setup and prepare for test runs in their team garages, preparing for the live testing runs, which begin on November 4th.
The final prize purse totals $8M, with the grand prize winner receiving $5M, and second and third place teams receiving $2M and $1M, respectively. To win, the teams must demonstrate the ability for the avatars to execute tasks across a variety of real-world scenarios and convey a sense of presence for both the operator and the recipient in those interactions.
“This competition is not only about advancing the future of robotics; it is, fundamentally, about the future of human connectivity,” said David Locke, Senior Program Director, ANA Avatar XPRIZE. “I’m excited to see the capabilities that the teams will bring at the end of this four-year journey with us making telepresence a reality.”
Leading technology organizations (Blue Origin, FIRST Robotics, JPL, ANA/avatar, SenseGlove, vROTOR), universities (USC, UCLA, IHMC), and others will also have interactive and experiential exhibits, as part of the XPRIZE Tech Fair, which will provide additional hands-on opportunities for attendees.
For those viewing online, the livestream will feature the teams running every 30 minutes from 1:00pm – 6:00pm PT on Friday and 10:00am-4:00pm PT on Saturday, with the detailed testing schedule available on the XPRIZE website. The winners will be announced at the main stage of the Long Beach Convention Center at approximately 4:30pm PT on Saturday, November 5.
See below to get your ticket or to watch history unfold here in LA County:
- Date: November 4-5, 2022
- Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST
- Location: Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Boulevard Long Beach, CA 90802
- Cost: Free
- Advance Ticketing: https://www.xprize.org/prizes/avatar/finals-testing#reserveyourseat
- Website: https://www.xprize.org/prizes/avatar
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XPRIZE is a global future-positive movement, delivering truly radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. XPRIZE inspires and empowers a global community of problem-solvers to positively impact our world by crowdsourcing solutions through large-scale competitions, tackling the world’s grandest challenges in exploration, environment and human equity. Active competitions include the $100 Million XPRIZE Carbon Removal with Elon Musk, $15 Million XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion, $10 Million XPRIZE Rainforest, $10 Million ANA Avatar XPRIZE, $5 Million XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling, and $1 Million Digital Learning Challenge. Donate, sign up or join a team at xprize.org.
Founded in 1952 with just two helicopters, All Nippon Airways (ANA) has grown to become the largest airline in Japan. ANA HOLDINGS Inc. (ANA HD) was established in 2013 as the largest airline group holding company in Japan, comprising 71 companies including ANA and Peach Aviation, the leading LCC in Japan. For more information, please visit: https://www.ana.co.jp/group/en/.