Smart home appliances and assistants have seen a massive increase in popularity over the few years, but for many developers they are just a stepping stone to smart home robotics. Mayfield Robotics has revealed their new product, Kuri, a home robot, which can be both a personal assistant as well as a companion.
The startup company is fully owned and backed by Bosch, the well-known appliance company. Mayfield Robotics revealed Kuri on Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company will begin pre-orders in the US, asking $100 for a reservation and they are expected to ship the first few models during the holiday period of 2017. The full price of the home robot will be at $699.
According to, Chris Matthews, the company’s vice-president of marketing, Kuri, can perform similar functions to a Google Home or an Amazon Echo, but it was designed to be more than just a piece of tech, and more like a companion. Some of its many features like a LED light which reflects its current mood, or a speaker through which it emotes when it’s completing a task, reflect the companion aspect of this home robot. Furthermore, it even has the ability to blink, as a way to be more appealing to users.
Kuri’s movement and overall design were determined by a former Pixar animator. As such, it is no surprise that the home robot seems to be directly inspired from Wall-E. Measuring 20-inches in height and 12-inches in width, Kuri has plenty of technology packed into its small body such as a number of asynchronous motors, an HD camera, capacitive touch sensor, speakers, and microphones.
Much like smart home assistants, Kuri responds to voice commands, including the wake phrase “Hey Kuri.” It won’t have a lot of third-party integration with other smart home appliances at first, but it can still perform a variety of useful tasks such as checking your house through its camera when you’re away, playing various audio content, and even play games.
Kuri is able to easily navigate your house and the numerous obstacles in its path thanks to its laser-depth system which tracks its environment. It allows it to create a digital map of the room in real-time so he will never bump in a new obstacle.
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