When I first heard about the Kuri Robot, I was creeped out by the thought of a robot strolling around my house documenting my every move. Inevitably, I couldn’t help but think of ridiculous AI movie plots like how this robot may come to life and plot against myself and the human race. But what’s ironic is that my friends and I have wished for something like this to happen. And no, we weren’t wishing for a robot to follow us around in privacy but I can recount multiple times where my friends and I have regretted not documenting precious moments in our lives. Even though we’re millennials heavily obsessed with curating our lives via Instagram and Snapchat, when we’re truly living our best moments, most of the time we’re not busting out our cameras or phones to capture it. We’re just living it, and to have it be documented would be an added bonus.
The Kuri Robot is the equivalent to hiring a filmmaker to record your everyday life.
It’s like having your own reality show, except without creepy cameramen invading your privacy. You also have full control of deleting moments you’d rather not have captured. Kuri will cruise around your home smoothly, without running into anything. Kuri Vision is similar to a real life Snapchat’s spectacles, except it’ll capture everyday moments on its’ own. It can record up to 8 videos a day, where each video is only 5 seconds long. Its’ facial recognition feature lets Kuri know who’s home as well as what to record based on room, time of day, and location.
Kuri can do more than document your life’s best moments.
This is where it gets a bit more, well, extra. Not only does the Kuri capture your memories, but it will also become familiar with the layout of your home overtime. It can do things like greet you when you return from work or when you wake up. Kuri will also sing and dance for you too. It can connect via Bluetooth and will stream music or any podcasts for you per request. Ask Kuri to play music and it’ll dance. She’ll even re-charge herself by taking power naps when energy is low.
Kuri could be a nice robot companion for your child or pet.
If you’re seeking company for your only child (without actually having another one) or pet, this is a viable solution if you’re willing to shell out $800. You can place a pre-order for Kuri on their official site by paying $100 upfront. The rest of the $700 balance will be due at shipping in Spring 2018. Sure, it saves you the headache of having to vet out your neighbor’s kid as a play date, but I can think of a few things that can keep your child company under $800. I understand the direction the creators of Kuri are going, but right now, The Kuri Robot isn’t meant for the mass market just yet.
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