robots are getting more social. are humans ready?
Personal family robots that can interact with people are starting to roll out from the lab and enter our living room and kitchen.
But are humans prepared to invite them to their decades of research to create as complex robots as described in Science Fiction.
They are not like their fictional predecessors;
Most of them don\'t walk, but sometimes they roll and often lack limbs.
They don\'t match people\'s language, social skills, and physical dexterity.
To make matters worse, so far they have lost to stationary smart speakers made by Amazon, Apple, and Google, which cost a fraction compared to what earlier social robots did,
Many intelligent systems with limited capabilities of robots.
This does not stop ambitious robots.
Starting the manufacturer of life
Like robots entering the market.
Despite the mixed results so far.
Two pioneers in a new pioneer cute, sociable robot-
Curbo is a curved speaker, and Kuri is a \"nanny\" of a cartoon image \"--
There have been early casualties.
Vector, a lower-priced home robot, released on Wednesday that its manufacturers hope their products will be hit harder.
There are also projects that are still in development, including the rumored Amazon project and robots designed to accompany the elderly.
Vic Singh, founding general partner of Eniac Ventures, said: \"I think we will start seeing some products on the market this year . \" Eniac Ventures has invested in several robot startups.
But he warned that they would be limited to very specific uses.
The hope of social robots has always exceeded reality.
At the end of last year, the cover of Time magazine\'s \"best invention\" edition came up with this almost unobtrusive squat version.
Its creator, Cynthia Breezer, a robotics researcher at MIT, told The Associated Press at the time, \"one day everyone will take personal robots for granted.
Time has not arrived yet. Jibo, a foot-
The top has a high, fuzzy tapered device with a wide hemisphere \"head\", usually placed on the countertop.
But it can rotate its flat round screen \"face\" to satisfy your eyes;
Tell jokes and play music;
If you let it dance, it will send a convincing shimmer.
It is known as \"the first family social robot in the world \".
However, Jibo did not win enough friends for nearly $900.
It is still selling online, but its parent company reportedly fired most of its employees in June and did not respond to requests for comment.
\"It\'s a really cool device, but it doesn\'t offer a lot of utilities,\" Singh said . \".
Another startup in California, July
Mayfield-based robotics stopped Kuri\'s production, a $699 touring machine that can take pictures and videos from cameras hidden behind its round eyes
Other household robots, such as threefoot, video-
Personal assistant Temi with screen ($1,499)and Sony’s dog-like Aibo ($1,800)
\"You can\'t sell robots for less than Alexa\'s $800 or $1,000,\" said Anki CEO Boris Solman, who plans to launch a pet.
Like this fall\'s vector.
Promise the future of robots beyond \"ice hockey\"
Like a vacuum cleaner and a lifeless cylindrical speaker, \"Anki sold the $249 vector to it as a small brother --and feisty —
Toy robot Cozmo
Both robots are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
They move around on the tank pedal, chirping, rather than talking, but Vector can answer basic questions, set the timer, or send messages from email and text.
It can rest on the desktop until you hear the door open, or \"see\" a familiar person in the field of vision through facial recognition.
When you rub its gold, it purrsplated back.
The origins of social robots can be traced back to an interactive humanoid head called Kismet, which Breazeal built in the lab of MIT in 1990.
Since then, the progress of artificial intelligence has promoted the development of this field.
The popularity of Alexa and its similar products has also helped people get rid of the strangeness of speaking machines.
For Vector and other companion robots, experts say, the key is to strike the right balance between usefulness and personality. (
Economic affordability also seems important. )
Although there are many differences about what is the right balance.
\"You \'d better stay perfect because once you make a mistake, you become a big robot who makes a mistake,\" Sofman said . \".
But as long as robots react in a realistic way, people can forgive mistakes.
Anki hired animators from Pixar and DreamWorks to give characters to Cozmo and Vector.
Intuitions Robotics, an Israeli startup, has invited the famous industrial designer Yves Bihar to help design the Eric look designed for the elderly.
The robot is expected to be launched next year.
\"We are looking for an aesthetic that will get the right to be a part of people\'s lives for a long time, not just a gadget or toy, founder and CEO of intuition
The goal of ElliQ is to stay calm, not cute.
The robot is designed to sit on a coffee table, shaped like a round table lamp, giving a round light from the inside of a translucent plastic head.
It often spins and focuses on the person it talks to and has an adjacent tablet screen to show photos or text messages.
Many researchers say social robots are promising in helping the population to age.
These robots can remind older people to take medicine, prompt them to get up and walk around or visit others, and help them to keep in better contact with big families and friends.
However, James Young, a human researcher at the University of Manitoba, said that in order for robots to become popular in all ages, they need to prove that they are useful and helpful.
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\"Whether it\'s by helping to be lonely, helping with tasks like cooking, that\'s the key,\" he said . \".
\"Once people are convinced that something is useful or actually saves them time, they are very good at adapting.