Home robots are very interesting devices that appeal to children as well as adults (especially geeks). We’ve seen quite a few of them recently, with the charming Asus Zenbo leading the pack.
If the Zenbo, which will retail for $599 when it hits the market, is out of your price range, you might want to consider waiting for the new kid on the block. Omate, the company behind the Rise and TrueSmart+ smartwatches, recently announced its Alexa-enabled robot that goes by the name of Yumi.
The device, which looks very futuristic, is essentially an Android tablet with a set of wheels that responds to your voice commands, thanks to Amazon’s Alexa. On request, it will provide you with the weather forecast, play a song you want to hear, tell you what time it is, and answer any other random question you might throw at it.
A 5-inch 720p screen serves as the face of the robot and is able to show different expressions. It also boasts a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, dual stereo speakers, and a 3,500 mAh battery. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have avoidance sensors, so there’s a good chance it will eventually crash into a wall or fall down the stairs. It does, however, have a 5-megapixel “ultra pixel” front-facing camera above the display, but because the head of the device isn’t able to tilt, you’ll have to place the robot on a higher surface to use it properly.
The Yumi robot will be available on November 15th through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, with shipments starting in March 2017. Available in black or white, it can be yours for $369. But if you’re really interested in getting your hands on one, we suggest you head over to Omates’s website to get an early bird discount, while you still can.