Mankind has dreamed of a robot who can help with every day tasks for quiet some time now. At at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, many new innovations were put on parade for our pleasure and like always, the robots stole the show.
Meet Pepper - the first personal and emotional humanoid robot. It is capable of recognising the principal human emotions and adapting his behaviour to the mood of his interlocutor. Pepper is much more than a robot, he is a genuine humanoid companion created to communicate with you in the most natural and intuitive way, through his body movements and his voice. Pepper can recognise your face, speak, hear you and move around autonomously.
Meet Lynx - the humanoid from China-based manufacturer Ubtech Robotics. Unlike the prominent wheel-based models on the market, Lynx has a nimble frame and is more than capable of walking and even cutting a rug on the dance floor. This robot utilizes Alexa integration to fulfill an array of helpful tasks. All of these functions are accessible by simply stating your specific commands. Lynx is compatible with Amazon Music and Spotify, and even set up reminders for your busy schedule. Lynx will do the work for you and even read your emails aloud to you. If taking up yoga is your New Year’s resolution, you’ll certainly enjoy Lynx. Simply ask Lynx about a particular yoga pose and the robot will actually instruct you on correctly positioning yourself.
Meet Curi - Mayfield Robotics product designed with three basic ideas in mind: mobility, awareness, and personality. And what a big personality it has. The 20-inch-tall Curi blinks, glows, and even chirps playfully once the unit is addressed by name. A series of built-in LEDs also change color to let you know what kind of mood it is in at a given time. Kuri is able to create and “remember” a digital, room-by-room map of your home down to the millimeter. Just like "Ok, Google", Curi is ready to roll once you’ve spoken the wake phrase “Hey, Kuri”. The robo-companion responds to 12 other voice commands as well. Curi can also be controlled remotely via the companion Curi app. As an added bonus, Kuri also doubles as a Bluetooth-connected speaker. The built-in camera can even record and save video. Using this camera, Curi is engineered to be able to identify individuals it has come in contact with. This allows the robot to perform correlating tasks such as alerting parents when their children are home from school.
Meet Yumii with Cutii - French Startup known as Yumii with Cutii.
This helper bot has been designed specifically for at-home elderly care. The unit can respond to verbal cues and can also assist in an array of daily activities including setting up reminders and assisting with cooking. Yumii with Cutii can also allow individuals to contact members of their families and even make doctor’s appointments. This device can roam completely autonomously around the house or be simply controlled via a remote. Yumii has some pretty serious on-board software. However, the startup laid claim to some rather illustrious hardware as well when it was selected as a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Tech For a Better World category.