Artificial intelligence becomes reality at Haidian AI Park in Beijing

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A Beijing park is offering a demonstration of what artificial intelligence (AI) technologies can do in our daily lives.

Beijing citizens are the first to have a tour of Haidian AI Park, which is technically operated by Baidu, a leading Chinese company that has adopted AI technologies into areas ranging from autonomous vehicles to home appliances.

Haidian AI Park is a part of Haidian Park, which is located in Beijing's northwestern district of Haidian, a home to numerous top universities such as Tsinghua University and Peking University.

The park features exercise equipment and recreational facilities powered by AI technologies.

Haidian AI Park is encircled by a smart footpath, which adds interesting elements to tiresome walk and jog. After scanning a QR code to complete registration, visitors can start to use the footpath. There are facial recognition devices at the footpath's starting point, intermediate point and finishing point, through which visitors can record their workout data including movement distance and time, average speed and energy consumption. At the finishing point, a ranking list will pop up at an electronic screen for visitors to compete with their friends. The AI-driven footpath frees visitors from wearing costly wearable devices like Apple Watch which also has the function of tracking physical activity data.

Tai Chi lovers can have some fun at Haidian AI Park, too. They can follow a teaching video on an electronic screen powered by augmented reality technology, which can make a movement comparison with a Tai Chi master, and then give advice on improvement.

Hiding deep in Haidian AI Park is a house called "Future Space", where visitors can experience some AI-powered entertainment machines with the help of a robot server developed by Baidu.

If tired, visitors can take Baidu's Apolong minibus characterized by the Level 4 autonomy, which enables a car to be almost totally in control all the time without any human intervention. The self-driving minibus, which is not fitted with a steering wheel, accelerator pedal and brake pedal, has been put into operation in some cities including Beijing, Shenzhen and Pingtan. The minibus will also be exported to Japan, where it will be used as shuttle bus in senior-focused residential communities.

There are some other AI-powered facilities in the park, and you are free to experience and enjoy them all by yourselves.

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