This Tablet On Wheels Could Be Your Ultimate Personal Assistant

This Tablet On Wheels Could Be Your Ultimate Personal Assistant
Design

Temi is a personal robot from Roboteam that can follow you around the house, making calls, organizing your life and helping you get things done

Anna Johansson
  • 12 september 2017

Smart home devices that control music, lights, organization, and so much more are growing daily in popularity. With a single word, you can wake up a useful personal assistant that can write down your grocery list, remind you of appointments, and set timers to keep your organized. But what if you’re too far away for your device to hear you? Or what if you want to bring your entertainment with you to another room across the house? Temi, a smart robot on wheels, has an answer.

Temi is the latest project from Yossi Wolf, the CEO and inventor behind Roboteam. Roboteam is responsible for a number of exciting inventions, including all-terrain robots that can do incredible things like climb over rocks and maneuver into hyper-sensitive areas. Roboteam devices have been used to transport materials under the radar and even to disarm explosives.

Wolf’s newest product, although considered a robot, looks a lot more like a tablet sitting on top of a vacuum cleaner. If you want something and Temi is three rooms away, you can summon it. It uses the same path-finding software as other Roboteam tech to make its way to you.

Yossi Wolf, CEO of Roboteam.

This robot is about three feet tall and moves on four wheels. The ‘head’ is made out of a 10-inch tablet. Wolf says that they purposely made this robot non-descript in order to help it blend into the background of your daily life. You can talk to Temi, and the words will show up on the screen, but it doesn’t necessarily talk back to you.

“We tried hard not to provide Temi a face,” Wolf told Wired. “Many of the robots, they’re not so much in focus. They try to be companions, friends, eyes, and hands, and whatever. And I don’t believe the technology is mature enough to replace humans.”

Although Temi is still a work-in-progress machine, the specs are expected to be top-notch. It will have a quality tablet screen, Wi-Fi LTE, a Bluetooth connection and a battery life of about eight hours.

It’s meant to be a simple, but effective personal assistant and entertainment device that will follow you wherever you go. You’ll have services with voice-activated functionality, much like Amazon Echo or Google Assistant. You can also watch TV or your favorite streaming services, listen to music, video chat or call people.

Temi will capitalize on artificial intelligence at its best. If you want to call your father, it will use voice recognition to make sure it calls the right person. It will also hear you call to it from long distances or come to you if summoned through an app. The video-chat feature is supposed to be among the best on the market. Temi will use facial-recognition intelligence to keep your video chat focused. The camera will center on your face, no matter how you move or where you go.

Temi is in the testing faces with a planned beta test to about 1,000 users this fall. They’ll focus on user experience as well as technical aspects of the device. They’ll also look at the security of this tech to minimize the risk of hacking. If all goes well during this round, this mobile personal assistant will hit the market late 2018.

If you think that such a handy, high-tech device will be totally out of your reach, think again. Wolf is determined to offer the product for less than $1,500—not so steep considering all it can do. He hopes that Temi will fade into the background of a household but offer the kind of personal help and organization that we need to improve our working lives.

“We are working so hard, and we are spending so much time looking into a smartphone, we forget to spend time with our family and important people,” Wolf said. “I knew that only a robotic device will be able to put you at the center. Only a moving device will really be able to serve you, to come when called.”

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Smart home devices that control music, lights, organization, and so much more are growing daily in popularity. With a single word, you can wake up a useful personal assistant that can write down your grocery list, remind you of appointments, and set timers to keep your organized. But what if you’re too far away for your device to hear you? Or what if you want to bring your entertainment with you to another room across the house? Temi, a smart robot on wheels, has an answer.

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