If you’re a “dog person,” you know the emotional fulfillment you get from your pet. It’s unique and unequaled. Your loved ones are never going to greet you at the door like that. But there are some developers trying to recreate that in a robot. They’ve come close with the Koda Robot Dog. It can sense human emotions.
Meet the Koda Robot Dog
Sure, the Koda Robot Dog is never going to lick you in the face, but it can interact with you in other ways. It’s meant to work with humans, unlike other robot dogs. It can sense the emotions of its human owner, such as whether they are happy or say and can respond in a corresponding manner.
Dogs are companions, and so is the Koda, as well as a working dog, like a seeing-eye dog or guard dog. It completes these tasks via “blockchain-enabled decentralized AI infrastructure.” This allows Koda to process complex problems and also learn new skills, the latter making it sound like Alexa.
Decentralized artificial intelligence is connected to AI research that focused on the development of distributed solutions for problems. Blockchain records and stores information that protects it from being changed or hacked, yet the information isn’t stored on a server somewhere. Not being stored, the blockchain gets copied and spread over a network.
Relating it to the Koda Robot Dog, all of its data remains secure. All of the emotions that it learns about you are safe. It makes it unique to the Internet of things devices that are usually part of a home network.
The robot dog has 3D depth cameras on its front, back, and on its side. A 13-megapixel camera is installed on the front and is capable of taking high-res photos. You’ll be able to use it to take selfies while you interact with it.
The head of the Koda Robot Dog is functional, as is its tail that has 14 high-torque motors. There are also two motors on the robot’s neck to give it mobility matching that of an animal. It can recognize voiceprint recognition through a microphone with 97 percent accuracy.
“It is a functional piece of home technology, a family pet, and a piece of art, all at once,” said Emma Russell, Koda CEO, in a statement. “Those who take this opportunity to be an original owner of a Koda will be able to watch its decentralized AI in action as it evolves from a puppy-like state to a robotic dog with the intelligence of a supercomputer.”
The Koda Robot Dog is more expensive than a canine pet at between $45,000 and $55,00 but less expensive that other robot dogs. Read on to learn about a robot companion dog for seniors and a robot dog performing sheepdog duties
Image Credit: Koda9