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temi­—Your Personal Robot

By Jack Bettridge | From Nick Jonas, September/October 2019
temi­—Your Personal Robot
Photo/Jeff Harris

It’s your usual work day: You comb your hair, drink your morning coffee, brush your teeth and bustle about the house. But in this scenario, you have a temi personal robot that follows you from room to room, reading the morning news or the day’s weather forecast. Walking out the door, you leave your coffee cup with the temi, which returns it to the kitchen. When you get home, your faithful robot welcomes you and prompts you to make video calls to gather some friends. Once the guests are situated, whiskey in hand, temi makes the rounds, offering cigars from the box that rests on its shelf.

Designed to be an AI assistant, smart home hub and more, temi makes quite an impression, with its compact and streamlined design. The personal robot stands a little over three feet tall, topped with a 10-inch HD LCD screen. Temi boasts an impressive 20-watt sound system featuring two tweeters, two mid-range speakers and a built-in subwoofer with a rechargeable eight-hour battery life, allowing it to keep the party going for quite some time.

The robot uses the Alexa platform, which includes Amazon Music. But whereas most Alexa devices can only stay put, temi offers user tracking via two independent motors that allow it to move with you around the house, on both carpet or hardwood floors. Say “Hi, temi” and it recognizes your voice and finds you, using a facial recognition app. With a 360-degree laser system called LIDAR and 3-D mapping capabilities, temi can not only navigate through a busy floor plan, but can also learn and adapt to changes such as that new coffee table or couch. Because it saves locations, you can send it anywhere on the floor. What is the price for realizing the childhood dream of commanding your own domestic droid a la “The Jetsons” or Star Wars? $1,999. Visit robotemi.com

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