Robots are a huge driver in our day-to-day life. If you don't believe me just try powering down your cell phone for 24-hours and not worrying about being disconnected from the rest of the world. Technology offers us different types of autonomous assistance, but in homes robots have been on the back burner for the most part when compared to self-driving cars and mobile communication tools.
The Amazon Echo has been leading the charge when it comes to home based robots, but 2017 could bring about some major changes. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been developing an in home robot that rivals the ones found in movies, but it will still take some time before it is made available to the public. Instead we can look forward to a new robot to control our smart homes by the 2017 holiday season.
The comically shaped robot weighs 14 pounds and is under two feet tall and about a foot wide. It uses a camera and a range of other sensors that help it safely navigate through your home as it follows you or goes where you tell it. When the battery is low it also seeks out its charging base to get topped off.
Kuri could be the first home robot that combines mobility and true interactive function in a home robot. The robot responds to voice input commands like Amazon Echo, but instead of responding with voice, Kuri uses a combination of sounds, lights, and eye expressions to respond.
In order to make Kuri as approachable, calm, and inviting as possible the finished product is outfitted with Pixar DNA. This helped Mayfield Robotics develop a product that is a companion first and an assistant second. If you decide to own one perhaps you'll be looking at Kuri as a friend instead of just another piece of tech.