Kiki the robot is a new invention by a couple of ex-Google employees, which is now live on Kickstarter.
Yep, another robot that is meant to be a companion, but with a little bit of a twist.
The tech gurus behind Kiki, are a bunch of smart whiz people trying to change the way we interact with technology.
This small little robotic animal is more than just mechanical parts and LED lights.
Kiki is designed with AI, and can seemingly learn and adapt from its interaction with you.
I guess this robot pet is for those who want a more intimate relationship with technology, without the hassles of taking care of a real animal.
There are companies developing robot therapy pets for the elderly and disabled children.
It seems as if the results are mostly positive, and the effect on well-being is slightly documented.
It might be an odd name for a robot, but it seems fitting for what it can do.
Zeotic, the company behind Kiki has developed a proprietary Personality Engine.
Kiki develops a unique set of traits based on how the owner interacts with her. Every interaction with Kiki is meaningful and every experience helps her become a better companion for you.
So apparently, Kiki can do all these things, like recognizing your face. Facial recognition isn’t all that uncommon, and tech usually implements this pretty well.
Understands your feelings; Sure, I can sort of see that. Using facial recognition technology can give insights into how a person might be feeling.
Gets smarter every day; I can see that also. AI and machine learning have already proven it can anticipate what you are going to do.
Google does this every time you type something into the search bar. A list typically populates in attempts to deliver you what are looking for.
Loves you back; I thought this character trait was a little odd.
How does a robot love you back? Does it send out some sort of electromagnetic pulse that you can feel, or does snuggle up beside you at the perfect moment?
I just thought that a bit strange, and I wonder how the engineers will pull this off in a production model.
There does seem to be a lot of interesting tech built inside of Kiki, the cute robot.
Zeotic mentions on their crowdfunding page, that Kiki has omnidirectional hearing, meaning it can recognize you from various positions.
There is an array of touch sensors, mics, camera, and speakers that come together to make this little creation seem enjoyable to be around.
As of this writing, Kiki as raised $96K of their $133K goal with 42 days left in the Kickstarter campaign.
There seems to be growing interest among the community.
Just think, for $800 USD you can have your very own robot pet if you are into that sort of thing.
I can’t say that I’ve gotten to the point where I need something like this.
AI, that’s always watching and studying me, anticipating my every move doesn’t sit too well with me.
But then again, which one of our smartphones doesn’t do the same?