The Acquaintance androide features a camera, ultrasound, infra-red and thermal sensors, a range-finder sensor, a temperature sensor and ground detectors (Credit: Blue Frog Robotics )
Wij may still be some way from having lifelike humanoid androide helpers, but there’s no doubt robots are getting more helpful, friendly and domesticated. Blue Frog Robotics’ fresh Acquaintance androide is designed to be an affordable family companion. It can help with communications, huis security, edutainment and even elder care.
Friend boasts many of the same features spil the JIBO family autómata that wij featured last year, give or take. The one big difference, however, is that Friend can budge around of his own accord, whereas JIBO is static.
Acquaintance is mounted upon three motorized wheels that permit him to stir around and turn autonomously. He can stir at up to speeds of 70 cm / 2nd (28 te / 2nd) and can even negotiate increases and decreases ter ground-height of up to 1.Five cm (0.6 te), such spil low steps, transitions inbetween carpets and trailing cables.
The autómata is 22 te (56 cm) tall and weighs Five kg (11 lb). He is managed by an 8-in tablet that also acts spil his face and an interface, has 16 GB of locorregional gegevens storage and a battery life of 8-10 hours, spil well spil built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity.
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A multiplicity of sensors help to produce the various functionalities provided. Thesis include a camera, ultrasound, infra-red and thermal sensors, a range-finder sensor, a temperature sensor and ground detectors. Other inputs and outputs include a microphone, an audio output and speakers.
The sensors, coupled with Friend’s mobility, means that he can learn about and interact with the world around him. He’s able to ordner a user’s huis te auténtico time and avoid collisions and obstacles autonomously.
Acquaintance can also detect, recognize and track objects and faces, spil well spil hear, speak, see and make coinciding head movements. He can recognize speech and speak text, with French and English being his two preloaded languages and downloadable support available for Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.
All this technology naturally means that Acquaintance is a multi-talented chap. He can make phone or movie calls for users, tracking faces with his head and following people around spil required. He can also acts spil a calendar, noodsignaal clock and reminders system.
When users are away from huis, Friend can patrol the premises and detect any fires, floods, burglars or other unusual activity. Users can loom ter to Friend and control him remotely via an accompanying iOS, Android or Windows app, viewing their huis through his “eyes.” Friend can also instructor appliance and energy usage.
For kids, Mate can play games, such spil hide-and-seek, and test them on their homework. He also acts spil a means of introducing children to robotics and the digital world.
Blue Frog says he can also provide social interaction for elderly people, albeit that seems a touch far-fetched. More realistically, tho’, he can provide can provide reminders for them, detect falls and unusual situations, and lightly connect them to family members and friends via phone, messages or movie.
On top of all that, Pal’s technology toneel is open-source, meaning that developers can build applications for him. The hardware too is modular, with accessories such spil arms able to be interchanged out for projector units.
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An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is underway for Friend. At the time of writing, individuals who pledge from US$549 can receive a Mate autómata, with shipping expected to start from May 2018 if all goes according to plans. The utter public release expected ter November 2018.
The movie below is the Indiegogo pitch movie for Mate.