Deputy Prime Minister Mr Heng Swee Keat meets two very special members of the NTU/NTUitive family (also, inventions by our robotics startup, Transforma Robotics), QuicaBot and PictoBot
Visit to NTU Robotics Research Centre

When you watch Star Wars, you are given a glimpse of how humans and robots can live and interact seamlessly with one another. This future is not just reel, but real! Meet LeoBot, an automated cleaning robot. I encountered LeoBot when it was at work cleaning The Treasury. Yesterday, I had the chance to meet the team behind Leobot when I visited the Robotics Research Centre at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. I liked how the robot is humanised and has its own personality. They not only augment the work of cleaning crews, but can also greet people who walk past. You may also have encountered LeoBots at work at different places, including at Jewel Changi Airport. I also saw how other robots help boost productivity and reduce manpower needs in sectors such as construction and facilities management. Given our aging population, reducing our manpower demands and creating better jobs that complement automation will help our companies thrive and our workers grow. Kudos to the National Robotics Programme Office and our scientists and researchers in this field — including those from SUTD Singapore University of Technology & Design — for all your good work and for bringing over the robots for the demonstration!

Posted by Heng Swee Keat on Thursday, July 15, 2021