CES 2017: Looking to make a new friend of the robotic kind? Meet Kuri, recently launched by Mayfield Robotics and promising to add a ‘spark of life’ to your home.
“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,” says 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.”
Designed to connect with you and your family, Kuri can understand context and surroundings, recognise specific people, and respond to questions with facial expressions, head movements, and even sounds.
Although super cute on the outside, Kuri is powered by serious technologies on the inside. These include a built-in 1080p camera so that you can check-in on your house or pets while you’re away, various sensors for mapping and detecting edges and objects (so you don’t have to worry about him bumping into things or driving down stairs) as well as IFTTT capability. And when it’s time to refuel, Kuri simply returns himself to his charging dock for a quick charging nap.
Standing at 20 inches tall and weighing in at just over 6kg, Kuri comes with an app for iOS and Android setup and control capabilities. Priced at $699, the bad news is that at the moment, he is only available for pre-order in the US.