A Stockholm-based startup has developed a speaking AI assistant with a face.
Furhat combines digital assistant technology similar to Alexa or Siri and humanoid robots such as SoftBank & Peppers to create a device that is eerily lifelike.
It is essentially a body without a body that can be adjusted with different faces – even characters from the science fiction film Avatar.
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WHAT IS FURF?
Furhat is a social robot made by the Stockholm-based startup Furhat Robotics.
It weighs just over 7lbs and is essentially a body without a body with a projected face on it.
With AI, the device can speak, respond and respond to users, while a camera allows it to maintain eye contact.
Furhat can speak more than 30 languages and users can adjust their face by exchanging animations.
The device is currently being marketed for companies and organizations.
Furhat was first unveiled earlier this year, but Furhat Robotics debuted Tuesday about the latest version of its AI assistant during the Web Summit conference.
A wide-angle projection system is built into the device, allowing it to display animated faces on the head.
Each face has its own personalities and peculiarities & # 39; like a real person & # 39 ;, says Furhat Robotics.
Furhat is a social robot that communicates with us people as we do – by talking, listening, showing emotions and maintaining eye contact, & # 39; explained the company.
It can serve customers, provide company, train employees or learn a language. & # 39;
Furhat comes with a series of pre-selected expressions and gestures that can be customized by users.
This is how when people interact with Furhat, it is able to respond and interact, just as a person would.
Furhat comes with a series of pre-selected expressions and gestures that can be customized by users. When people deal with Furhat, it reacts and reacts as a person would
Furhat was first unveiled earlier this year, but Furhat Robotics debuted Tuesday about the latest version of its AI assistant during the Web Summit conference. It is unclear how much the device costs
Ordinary faces can be projected on the head, but Furhat Robotics said it also allows users to choose from animal faces and characters.
The robot listens, speaks and responds all while maintaining eye contact with the user, thanks to a camera integrated into the device.
Furhat's eyebrows move up and down or in confusion, while his mouth is able to shoot in a smile or a grimace.
A wide-angle, hi-fi camera and beamforming stereo microphones give Furhat an excellent situational awareness, & # 39; said Furhat Robotics.
Furhat listens, speaks and reacts, while maintaining eye contact with the user. His eyebrows move up and down or in confusion, while his mouth ignites in a smile or a grimace
Two hi-fi speakers are located under Furhat's head to amplify his voice. It uses AI to understand natural language and speak more than 30 languages thanks to text-to-speech technology
Two hi-fi speakers are located under Furhat's head to amplify his voice.
It can speak more than 30 languages thanks to text-to-speech technology.
In addition, users can record their own voice and automatically run Furhat lip sync, the company commented.
Furhat uses artificial intelligence to understand natural language and to respond.
"This is the result of many years of dedicated research and development, both internally and through collaboration with industry and technology partners," Samer Al Moubayed, CEO of Furhat Robotics, told New Atlas.
Users can record their own voice and automatically execute Furhat lip sync. Furhat uses artificial intelligence to understand natural language and to respond
& # 39; From the beginning at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) we have brought Furhat so far that social robots are no longer a hope for the future, but a reality of today. & # 39;
It is unclear how much the device will cost and the average consumer can not yet buy Furhat via the company's website.
For now Furhat Robotics advertises the social robot as a device for companies and organizations.
The company said it is working with Disney, Honda, Intel and Merck to bring Furhat to the workplace.
WHO IS SOPHIA THE ROBOT?
In October 2017, Sophia received citizenship in Saudi Arabia
Sophia first emerged in 2016 as a super-intelligent human head with a realistic face that could blink, look from one side to the other and talk.
The humanoid robot, made by Hanson robotics from Hong Kong, can chat, laugh mischievously and even tell jokes.
The robot made history in October 2017 when it was legally a citizen of Saudi Arabia.
The stunt has made Sophia the first robot in the world to acquire legal citizenship.
Although Sophia has a number of impressive abilities, she has no consciousness yet.
Hanson Robotics claims that fully sensitive machines could be created within a few years.
Sophia herself has insisted that & # 39; the pro & # 39; s outweigh the drawbacks & # 39; when it comes to artificial intelligence.
• Elders will have more company, autistic children will have patient teachers, & # 39; Sophia said.