The companion robot accessible to everyoneBy Blue Frog Robotics
Blue Frog Robotics was co-founded by Rodolphe Hasselvander – a spin-off through Rodolphe’s former executive role at CRIIF, a robotics laboratory in France. Mystified by the lack of personal robots on the market, Rodolphe and his team set about using their knowledge of advanced technologies to create Buddy, the first fully mobile robot for your home.
We interact daily with a growing host of personal mobile assistants. Buddy is the natural next step – a robot that offers real, human-like help and services, and exists within the new realm of the Internet of Things – a world where objects we interact with daily like smartphones, toasters, cars and thermostats are all connected.
The little robot (Buddy is under two feet tall) traverses your home, allowing you to make Skype and FaceTime calls on the move, deliver messages to specific people, be reminded about upcoming appointments, and teach your children through play. While you’re out, Buddy is on patrol, using sensors to detect and report on any unusual movements.
The artificial intelligence behind Buddy is humanly accessible – providing social interaction for senior citizens, and a monitoring service for the elderly alone at home. Buddy can detect unusual activity including falls, and give reminders about medication.
The Buddy dream is to democratise the field of robotics. As part of a drive for accessibility, Buddy is based on an open source platform and actively encourages modular development of accessories and software enhancements.
Blue Frog Robotics’ Indiegogo fundraiser raised $432,000, over four times its goal, and deliveries of Buddy are scheduled for December 2015.
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Last updated: 13th of August, 2015