The smart robot can understand context and surroundings,recognize specific people, and respond to questions with facial expressions, head movements, and his unique lovable sounds. Like many adored robots in popular culture, his personality and ability to connect are his greatest attributes.
“For generations, people have dreamed of having their own personal robot in the home, and we’ve been focused on making that dream more of a reality,” said Sarah Osentoski, COO and co-founder of Mayfield Robotics. “We’re proud to introduce Kuri to the world and can’t wait to see how he touches the lives of everyone, ranging from parents and children to early technology adopters.”
Behind the clean design, Kuri is powered by serious hardware and capabilities. Its 1080p camera enables home-owners to check up on the place or their pets in real time whenever away. Furthermore, with a 4-microphone array, powerful dual speakers, and wifi and bluetooth connectivity, the personal robot can play music and podcasts, or read the kids a bedtime story whilst simultaneously on the go. When on the move, it utilizes its various sensors to map and detect edges and objects to avoid. Additionally, its IFTT capabilities enable it to connect as a focal point within the modern smart home environment
“While insanely cute on the outside, Kuri contains serious technologies on the inside that represent the latest developments in smartphones, gaming, and robotics,” said Kaijen Hsiao, CTO and co-founder of Mayfield Robotics. “We hope Kuri introduces people — especially kids — to the power of technology and can inspire a new world of possibilities for their future.”
Kuri is 20” tall, weighs about 14 lbs, and includes an app for iOS and Android for setup and controlcapabilities. Priced at $699 USD, Kuri is available for pre-order in the U.S. with a $100 deposit starting today at heykuri.com. Mayfield Robotics plans to ship the first Kuri robots for Holiday 2017.
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