Man’s New Best Friend


Kuri is 20” tall with an adorable body that is reminiscent of Eve from Wall-E.

Kuri has facial recognition, so it can tell family members apart and is equipped with large eyes that blink, smile and seamlessly look around.

There’s a 1080p HD camera located in one of the eyes that takes pictures and video which can be live-streamed.

on your phone or computer. The camera is only accessible to users that you have invited so it’s secure. You can watch your home while away or check up on pets during the day. The head has a sensor plate in the top, so it will chirp affectionately and look up at you when touched. Kuri has speakers so it can play music or podcasts. It has 4 microphones around the neck to locate sounds, it reacts to your voice or recognises strange sounds and investigates.

KURI has laser mapping sensors to map out your house so it knows the layout and where the dangers, like stairs are. The idea of an interactive robot recording your life may be a little uncomfortable to some but think of the benefits. It would be useful to keep an eye on children playing or an elderly parent living alone.

To our grandparent’s generation robots were a space age threat, a The Day the Earth Stood Still type of cautionary tale.

To my generation, a generation that grew up watching robots as companions on TV and movies, having one in your house is adolescent wish fulfilment

To our children, with everything being computerised, it’s just the world they
know. The appeal of interacting with artificial intelligence has been driving engineers and robotic enthusiasts for years.

The first mechanical human shaped figure dates to the Third Century B.C. and we’ve been steadily trying to perfect it ever since. We’re at the point now where we can mimic human form and mannerisms with some robots looking virtually human.

Although technology has come this far it’s interesting that there’s still the appeal of the adorable little non-humanoid robot.

What do you think?

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Written by Freddy

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