Kuri The Mobile Home Security Robot by Mayfield Robotics:
Kuri is an adorable home companion that acts like a ‘living’ robot. At first I assumed the Kuri was going to function like a google home device on wheels, but Kuri is slightly more than that as they make certain ‘expressions’ that make Kuri feel more alive. Krui has the ability to smile at you, follow you around and ‘speak’ to you. The adorable robot has an inbuilt function to track your motion and look up at you, and respond to its name with beeps and chirps. Subsequently as a home security device, Kuri has tiny cameras located in their ‘eyes’ to capture clips of whatever that goes on at home. Kuri also accting like a home device has the ability to answer certain questions that you ask, like ‘is it going to rain today?’ and they will shake their head with an adorable beep.
Kuri is also described to be a good nanny and entertain the kids, but so far, other then following them around and animating expressions, I am not too sure how kids will find Kuri entertaining.
Microphone: Voice Recognition to answer questions or comply with requests
Speakers: To ‘speak’ in chirps and beeps, to play music and podcasts found on internet.
HD camera: For security footage, and allowing live streaming.
Asynchronous motors: To allow Kuri to move around the house, Kuri also has sensors that will allow them to map the house, and not bump into objects
Capacitive touch sensor: For Kuri to recognise and react to human touch.
- A mobile security system that patrols your house
- Responds to all commands intelligently
- Adapt to your environment easily and recognize people’s voices, and differentiate people from pets/other Kuri bots.
- When in need of recharging they automatically returns to their charging station for a power nap.
- Kuri cannot climb stairs, sorry landed property folks
- Kuri also has no way of helping in the case of an emergency (except inform you through messaging)
Kuri really is just a mobile smart home. Since it already has most of the functions of an ordinary smart home device with the added ability to move about. Looking at the funstions that it has other then the surveillance function, the ability to move about is a bit redundant. Subsequently since Kuri is expensive without much additional functions of the usual google home device which is priced at less then $200 roughly it is really not an attractive product, which is the probable reason for the closure of the company last year.
Considering the company was focusing on the ‘animated’ part of Kuri to make them more alive, that is probably where most of their innovation went to. ( I wonder if this is the case, eliminating the animations, if it cheaper, easier and a more viable solution to add a google home device to a roomba. Obviously not as cute, but functionality wise will it sell better? )