The World of Robots and the 2015 FedEx Innovation Challenge at Consumer Electronics Show

The World of Robots and the 2015 FedEx Innovation Challenge at Consumer Electronics Show

by Sangeeta Haindl
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Monday, January 12, 2015 - 4:00pm



This year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, home robots are big, big news! One of the more advanced models presented was South Korea's Furo-i Home, which is very clever. This robot cone on wheels has many sensors and comes with a tablet displaying a friendly-looking animated droid's face that can be verbally instructed to take control of internet-controlled smart devices. It has facial recognition and can detect the temperature. It can be instructed to turn lights, music and heating on or off – including using it as a teaching aid for your children or using its health check software to help care for elderly relations.

The Furo-iHome can be set to wake up an elderly parent, remind them to take their medicine, eat breakfast and follow a schedule. If something unexpected happens, it can send a message to the family saying there might be a problem, and then let them talk to their parent via video chat to ask if they are OK. This robot will cost about $1,000. There are hopes to make and sell 10,000 by the end of the year.

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Sangeeta Haindl writes on social innovation, social enterprise, and social entrepreneurs. She is the owner of Serendipity PR, in London, U.K., where she works with high-profile brands and organizations in the public, non-profit, and corporate sectors, winning awards for her work from the communications industry. She describes herself as a Spiritual Entrepreneur, Conscious Explorer, and Futurist. She enjoys helping others, paying it forward, and being a mum.