It might not look much like a person, but Panasonic says its new desktop “companion” robot has many human-like qualities.
Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, the egg-shaped robot, developed as a proof of concept, can move and communicate much like a real person, even though it is the size of a standard kitchen countertop blender.
“This test project builds on Panasonic’s innovations in robotics including battery and power solutions, vision and sensing, navigation solutions and motion control in a new appealing design,” said Panasonic Design Strategy Office in North America director Takahiro Iijima. “This is Panasonic’s latest effort in demonstrating network services in a friendly package, and we are showing this robot at CES as a way of obtaining feedback on its features and functions.”
Equipped with a Wi-Fi network function, the eight-pound, 1.5-foot robot is able to access artificial intelligence-based natural language processing technology which allows it to “communicate in a clear, friendly way.”
The robot can access and use cloud data, and commute with Smart devices in other locations, Panasonic said in a press release. Using an embedded projector, the robot can be used for distance learning or other purposes.
The robot, which can move backward, forward and up and down, has a childlike voice.
“Its voice and embedded projector work together to deliver natural communication that builds a sense of attachment with its human owner,” the company explained.
Panasonic has submitted patent or design registration applications for the robot in the U.S. and other parts of the world.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.