CES would be a far, far duller place without the usual array of futuristic robotics, and Segway is kicking things off in style.
Segway Robotics has announced a consumer version of its Loomo robot, which is cross between a hoverboard and a faithful robot companion who’ll follow you around.
First floated in 2016 as the Advanced Personal Robot, the upgraded Loomo is designed to work on multiple terrains, both indoors and out, and can be used to take photos with a simple gesture (pictured)
The company is also touting the ability for Loomo to make “everyone laugh with its wit and personality.” It can also carry stuff, like groceries, backpacks and clothing around for you.
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It runs on Android, which will enable third-party developers to create additional functionality for the transportation device/dogsbody.
“Loomo is designed to handle all types of terrain including grass and bumpy road surfaces, the company writes in a press release.
“As such, Loomo can be used both indoors and outdoors and is the most versatile robot companion for you to take on adventures.
“Ride Loomo to the park, where it’ll recognize you and your friends and follow you autonomously. Gesture to Loomo and have it take a picture of your picnic party, before making Loomo will be your very own personal robot companion.”
In terms of tech specs, Loomo has a 1080p video camera, a quad-core Intel Atom Z8750 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Top speed is 11mph and it’ll travel for 18 miles on a single charge. It has five microphones for all off your voice recognition needs.
Elsewhere the company has also revealed Loomo Go, a version of the robot designed especially for autonomous deliveries.
Packed with AI smarts, Loomo Go pulls a delivery trailer behind it and is designed for indoor deliveries.
“It runs in human walking speed and makes multiple deliveries in one trip,” the firm says.
No news yet on how much either device will cost or when they’ll be available to the public and businesses alike.
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