Artificial Intelligence is fast pervading all the spaces of modern lives. We already have smart e-assistants such as iPhone Siri, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, chatbots, robots, and so on. Things like autonomous cars and flying taxis too would soon be a reality, thanks to AI. Amidst all the big-ticket applications of AI, it is also powering a lot of small-but-incredibly-useful AI gadgets.
Let’s start off the list with a spider bot. Spiders might not be the most popular pets, but that might soon change. HEXA, the robotic spider is here to impress. HEXA is a six-legged, agile, highly adaptable robot that’s small enough to fit in a backpack. HEXA can crawl, climb stairs, and explore terrains not possible with robots on wheels. Equipped with a high-res, night-vision-capable camera, accelerometer, infrared transmitter, and distance-determining sensor, HEXA boasts of smart AI driving it. Vincross aims to bring robotics to the masses and has made HEXA programmable. When you buy HEXA you also get its operating system, MIND, and a software development kit to program it the way you want. HEXA is now available on preorder.
Knightscope K7 looks like a sci-fi gadget straight from a Hollywood movie, and it isn’t too far from that. Don’t get fooled by its cute looks—it is designed to handle pretty tough terrain. It weighs 770 lbs and is 116 inches long. The autonomous vehicle is equipped with 360o video and live audio capabilities and license plate detection abilities. In addition, it can detect people around it, has thermal sensing capability, and has broadcast ability as well. The founder’s long-term vision is to predict and prevent crime utilizing autonomous robots, analytics and engagement.
There are few things more relaxing than soaking up the sun. And, a patio umbrella is the perfect companion. The next cool AI gadget presented here is ShadeCraft Sunflower. ShadeCraft Sunflower is the world’s first autonomous robotic shade that tracks the sun’s movement and adjusts itself to block the sun; no need to manually adjust the angle to block the sun. In addition, it works on voice commands as well. Further, it has a speaker to enjoy the music and a charging station as well. Having cellular, Bluetooth, and WIFI connectivity, ShadeCraft Sunflower is solar powered.
Video conferencing is the lifeblood of organizations today. Important discussions involving people all over the globe can take place anytime. No need to travel overseas, or even to the next street—with video conferencing, you can interact instantly with anyone you want. However, a bad video conferencing infrastructure takes away all the advantages. Meeting Owl makes video conferencing a breeze and impactful with its AI-powered software. The company has intentionally designed Meeting to look like an owl—it symbolizes an owl’s superior sight and hearing power. Meeting Owl’s strategically placed 360o lens shows the full view of the room to remote participants. In addition, the device’s speaker delivers crystal clear audio using beamforming technology that focuses the device’s microphone on the speaker. You don’t need to install any extra software; just plug it into your laptop and you’re good to go.
The final in the series of AI gadgets presented here is Bine-e. Touted as the world’s first intelligent trash bin, Bin-e can sort your rubbish by recognizing and segregating it. And it uses AI to recognize different types of trash. When the bin is full, it can contact the waste collection companies to dispose the waste. But, before doing that, it pretreats the trash for safe disposal. With time, it learns more about the trash thrown into it and gets better at categorization and disposal.