Advancements in Robots and AI in 2019

The year 2019 has truly delivered cool, but sometimes terrifying, advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence. We have come a long way from only imagining robots doing things that humans can do, as several companies specializing in robotics have developed technologies that allow robots to become human-like. On the other hand, there are also simple advancements developed in the said year that is stated to be beneficial in certain sectors of society. Here are a few of the interesting advancements in robots, AI, and technology in 2019.

Android Employees

Promobot, a robot company located in Eastern Europe, has introduced the Android Robo-C in April of 2019. Android Robo-C is a robot that has an exterior that looks like the skin of humans. Along with looking like a human, the Android Robo-C is also capable of doing facial expressions, as it can move all body parts situated in its face. The total number of expressions that the android can do is 600, according to Promobot.

While it can be bought by people for personal or home use, the primary function of the Robo-C is to replace humans in several jobs in different industries. The Robo-C will be able to replace clerks in shops, bellboys or attendants in hotels, and consultants in banks. Promobot is currently finalizing the design and intricacies of the Robo-C, and they are planning to sell units by 2020.

Kitchen Assistants

IKEA recently partnered with known tech brand Nvidia to release a “kitchen robot” in the near future. The kitchen robot is supposed to be able to perform tasks usually done in the kitchen, such as cooking food and even cleaning the dishes.  

Those with physical disabilities may be able to benefit more from the kitchen assistant because the domestic robot will be able to do things that they could not. There is still no definite time as to when this kitchen robot will be available to the public, but Nvidia had opened a large robotics research lab in Seattle in order to manufacture not only the IKEA collaboration product, but also other robots as well.

Robot Pets for the Elderly

Revealed at CES 2019, the Lovot by Japanese tech company Groove X is a robot that looks like a penguin, but it has wheels instead of a pair of feet for movement and a camera at the top of its head for it to know what it is looking at and where it is going. The Lovot also features a fuzzy fur that can be touched, and if it is stroked, the robot will coo and purr relaxingly, similar to how most pets will show affection to their owners if they are groomed.

The Lovot is designed specifically for elders who may not be able to be attentive enough to own real pets but want to own one. Groove X stated that each Lovot would cost $6000, and the company plans to sell it in the Japanese market before selling the robot outside the country.

Pet Companions

Speaking of pets, there is another robot that is currently available and is specially made to be used not by the owners but by the pets themselves. This pet companion robot is called the Pupple Smart Pet System, and it has several neat features that will be beneficial for your pet dog. The Pupple System acts like a treat dispenser where you can place your dog’s favorite treats, and once the robot toy is filled with food, it will be able to shoot treats at the dogs whenever you activate that specific feature using a downloadable phone app.

Along with the treat dispenser, the Pupple system has a robot ball that rolls out of the bottom of the device. This special ball has a built-in camera that helps you monitor your pets if you are far away from them. As pet dogs would usually get lonely when their owners are not at home, you will be able to play with your pets and make them feel like you are at home using the Pupple System.

Delivery Robots

Instead of a delivery person, a delivery robot may be able to send you the items you bought online soon. Named the Nuro R1, the autonomous vehicle looks like a peculiar car that can store different grocery items inside it. The Nuro R1 is currently owned by Fry’s Food Store, a grocery store located in Arizona.

The Nuro R1 has been developed and tested since 2016, but Fry’s Food Store has only integrated it in the system in 2019. The fastest speed that it can do is 25 mph, which is quite slow compared to regular cars. Because of its speed, it will only be able to deliver products in nearby areas, as the vehicle is too slow to deliver grocery items for people outside the state. One delivery from the Nuro R1 will cost $5.95, and the items that can be delivered by the vehicle are listed on the grocery store’s app.

These are some of the significant advancements in robotics for the year 2019, and surely, the companies that manufacture these robots will improve or enhance their features in 2020 and beyond. Let us hope that these robots will become more accessible in terms of price so that they can help more people, especially those who are disabled or are less fortunate.