Kuri, the Robot Nanny

Today, I invite you to the world of robotics, through the discovery of an amazing robot, which can really make your day go smoothly.
Everyday, we see some new cool gadget or the other forming the headlines of the day’s news. Every month, some robot is launched to either clean up your house, do your shopping, play music, and do much more to make your day easier.
“At first, I thought Kuri would be a bit like an Amazon Echo strapped to a set of wheels. In practice, Kuri doesn’t have nearly the functionality of the Echo — it’s more of a roving security cam with a blue-tooth speaker than an always-listening, multi-purpose assistant.” says one of Kuri’s users.
Between all the new technology, what all of us need is something simple to charm our eyesight. And this new security-on-wheels is just the thing. Created by Mayfield Robotics and announced on January 3, 2017, Kuri the Robot is like your watchman when you’re away. It updates you on every bit of disorder in your house (mischief, burglars, and the likewise!) through a camera. Some interviews also revealed that the primary idea behind Kuri’s creation was that a text message would reach parents, letting them know when their kids got home.
When you bring Kuri home for the first time, it explores just like you would explore an unfamiliar place. She moves around and creates a digital map of your house in it’s memory, so it can avoid bumping into walls and falling over objects. You need to guide her once into every room using remote-control, but after that, she can usually locate everything you’ve shown her.
She moves around on her three wheels, either following you, or even goes where you tell it to. So this is an example of how it recognises voice commands, and can eventually learn to recognise your voice whenever you speak to it. The common phrase to make her wake up is “Hey Kuri!”
Another unique feature of Kuri’s is that unlike most robots, Kuri is one of the few human-like robots without an LED screen. Human robots lose a bit of their personality, if they have a screen, as it makes them look digital, and less like a human. But Kuri can perform most actions without the requirement of a screen.
On Kuri’s human-like face, there is only one-thing missing, a mouth. So you will be surprised, when I tell you that Kuri has a very nice smile. Guess how? She smiles with her eyes, which is so loved, that it led to Kuri being described as “exceptionally cute” by her users. Moreover, to your questions, Kuri responds with expressions and may even nod it’s head.
Around 50 centimetres tall, and weighing at least six kilograms, Kuri comes with an inbuilt camera. Using this feature of her’s, Kuri helps you keep a strict watch on your house even when you’re away from home. Know what’s cooler? If you suspect mischief by the little kid in the house, or the pet Alsatian, you have the option of yelling at them through Kuri’s loudspeakers. If she suspects anything out of the ordinary, she can even send you a recording of the occurrence.
Just imagine: Your pet cat, Fishtail, wakes up from her power nap. Looks around. “Aha! Looks like nobody’s at home! I think I’ll go and cuddle on that comfortable couch in the living room (which cost you maybe $ 9,000!)!” But no, Fishtail suddenly jumps as your voice screams at her. “Fishtail, get off the couch right NOW!” And your couch is safe.
Kuri the robot can recognise certain faces, using it’s inbuilt facial recognition. So it answers to the questions asked accordingly. Since she doesn’t talk, she answers with nods and chirp-like-sounds. Along with Wi-fi connectivity, she can play music, tell stories, and even tell you the weather. Now, don’t you call that convenient?
And according to some users, Kuri can even follow a set-routine, if she knows it well enough.
Another interesting feature of Kuri’s is that her sturdy wheels are almost ready to get her going on any rough surface. A surprise? She glides fine even on carpets. She has an LED built inside her chest, which can change colors, to give that greying structure a little color and life.
Then her voice recognition can be a little erratic at times. But she can usually hear your voice commands through her four-microphone array.
The price is around $ 700 now in the US, which may be a bit expensive compared to other security robots on Amazon.
Kuri is known all over as the “Robot Nanny.” This is because as per reports from people, it acts as either a robot, a security monitor, a nanny, a teacher, or even a plaything for children.
Users watch with delight, as Kuri is introduced to children with a wonderful response. It opens a whole new world of technology and robotics to the younger generation.
Not only that, but the point is, how is Kuri changing the world?

  1. User-friendly and practically a toy as well, Kuri is certainly going to be the delight for generations to come.
  2. Parents, who were earlier very insecure about their house and children, can now find more time to attend to other things and leave their house in safe hands.
  3. For another thing, Kuri, although she’s a robot, can be a companion too. Users have said that Kuri fills up the empty space in your house.
  4. “Kuri contains serious technologies on the inside that represent the latest developments in smartphones, gaming, and robotics,” said Mayfield CTO Kaijen Hsiao in PCMag.

Kuri has not been officially released yet, but she will be available for sale in the US by around December 2017.
As this topic delighted and interested me very much, I would like to cite my sources.

  1. https://www.dezeen.com/2017/01/05/kuri-home-robot-mayfield-robotics-ces-consumer-electronics-show-technology/
  2. https://www.cnet.com/products/mayfield-robotics-kuri/preview/
  3. https://www.heykuri.com/
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