Robotics

AvatarMind Unveils Companion Robot at CES 2017

At the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week in Las Vegas, a number of companies showcased social robotics, which have become trendy in the last few years. Among them was AvatarMind, a company based in China, which unveiled a companion robot designed for children aged 3-8 that offers interactive learning content.

The iPal has the ability to talk, dance, tell stories and play games. It can navigate a maze and interact with children, getting them interested in science and technology concepts. Additionally, it acts as a safety monitor, allowing parents to remotely control the robot from their smartphones or desktop at any time.

Its specs include:

  • A standing height of 3.5 feet;
  • Weighs 28 pounds;
  • Four wheels to provide mobility;
  • A 1.3 MP camera in its eye;
  • 4 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM;
  • Rockchip 3288 quad core 1.8 GHz;
  • A 6-inch LCD display;
  • Six microphones;
  • Five touch, five ultrasound and three infrared sensors; and
  • WiFi, Bluetooth capabilities.

The iPal is expected to ship in China early this year. It will be available in the United States later in the year, with prices ranging from $1,500 to $2,000 depending on the model.

To learn more, watch the video below from the Associated Press, or visit the AvatarMind site.

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Sri Ravipati is Web producer for THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at sravipati@1105media.com.

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