Looking for a robot to join your family this holiday season?
As machines are increasingly designed to be socially and emotionally intelligent, it’s likely that not only will robots make our lives easier, but also provide us with entertainment and companionship.
Here’s a look at some that are already on the market, which you can bring home or give for the holidays.
This robotic hound is far from what you may see on “The Jetsons” and is also an emotional upgrade compared to K9, the beloved robot pooch from Doctor Who. Aibo is a pup that truly resembles a real-life dog from its movements, facial expressions, and behavior. The intelligence this pup is equipped with can learn tricks and even recognize faces; you won’t be able to resist those big, puppy dog eyes that will be able to pick you out from a crowd. This playful pooch by Sony sells for $2,899.99 (P152,000).
If you’re looking for a robot who can help you organize your life as well as be a companion, Vector by Anki can do it all. This little bot with an expressive set of LED eyes will be excited to serve you when you get home. In fact, it’ll even show disappointment if you don’t provide it with the proper attention when you pass by. For $249.99 (P13,000), you can have your own helpful little robot that can answer your questions, take your photo, and keep you company.
Lynx may be one of the most informative home robots you can own right now thanks to its Amazon Alexa integration. This humanoid device does everything the voice assistant can like setting alarms, answering questions, playing music, and then some all with a permanent smile on her face. She’s 20-inches tall and can sing, dance, and do yoga with you. Calls can be made, and the audio will come through her little mouth; it will (almost) be like talking to a person. You can order this miniature humanlike robot exclusively on Amazon for $799.99 (almost P42,000). JB
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