Personal Robots in the Home Are Closer than You Think

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prby Angela Guess

Lance Ulanoff of Mashable reports, “It’s no longer a question of if we’ll have personal robot assistants in the home, but when. A growing number of companies across the globe are now vying to be the first physical artificial intelligence-driven avatar in your home, including Robotbase and its simply-named Personal Robot. On the strength of a slickly produced and compelling Kickstarter video, the U.S.-based company recently blasted past its relatively conservative fundraising goal of $50,000 to, at the time of this writing, collect over $65,000 in pledges.”

Ulanoff goes on, “In the video,the robot, which features an animated female face and woman’s voice, recognizes faces, emotions (based on expressions) and household objects. It can interpret conversational speech and talk to you. It uses SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) to map and navigate a room, can connect to and control smart home devices on a variety of network protocols including ZigBee, Z-wave, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and has sensors to read ambient temperature, humidity and air quality. The video shows the robot ordering food, offering meeting reminders, watching the home, taking pictures and handling telepresence duties.”

He adds, “The Vietnamese-born Huynh contends that his robot is unique among personal assistant robots. It’s the only one, according to him, with deep learning, which is an offshoot of machine learning, but with more of an artificial intelligence bent. For Huynh, this is Personal Robot’s secret sauce: One learning algorithm that enables facial, speech image voice and pattern recognition.”

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photo credit: Personal Robot

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