Alexa can now speak to you through a robot head
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Alexa can now speak to you through a robot head

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Hey guys, I am in the very depths of Eureka Park at Tech West. This space is a bit of a maze but I've managed to find something incredibly cool. It's from an Oregon startup called Robomodix, they're two people and they have two really incredible robots. Now, if you're kind of sick speaking to your smart speaker in the corner because it's just a white or black box, it doesn't really offer you much Maybe this one's view, this is Alaina, and she's designed to be a interface for you to speak to your smart speaker, so you feel like you're speaking to a human with real feelings, kind of. She's hooked up to the Alexa speaker here, she's got six digital motors inside her face that help her mouth move and her eyes, and generally make her feel just a little bit creepy. I'm having a little bit of an uncanny belly moment right here. These guys have worked on two robots. So these one here is more of a consumer model, and it's designed to sort of help people who may need language development skills, people who are living with autism spectrum disorder, maybe elderly people who need to communicate regularly and feel like they have companionship. It's also designed to help us as people get used to the idea of Robots being invisible. So imagine you're jumping into an autonomous car. You're going to feel a little bit weird getting into the back seat when there's no driver. This could be your driver to get you used to that autonomy. To be a kind of stepping stone before you get to the real thing. So I'm going to ask it a question. Alexa What should I do in Las Vegas? [BLANK_AUDIO] In Las Vegas, Mormon State Historic Park at Tule Springs. [BLANK_AUDIO] Alexa, what's the weather like today? Right now in Wilsonville, it's 54 degrees Fahrenheit with cloudy skies. Today's forecast has lots of clouds with a high of 56 degrees and a low of 42 degrees. This one's my favorite. Alexa, why don't you have arms? [BLANK_AUDIO] Sorry, I'm not sure. No one's really sure here either. It's a cool idea. And the one behind me Me is Allen the Robot. Now this is designed kind of more for for developers, maybe businesses, who are looking to interface with their artificial intelligence. So instead of having to chore through lines of code or run through huge amounts of data, you might be interacting with Allen to work out how your artificial intelligence Instance developing. It's an interesting concept and it's certainly showing how far robotics has come because even though we're really developing in a huge leaps and bounds. When it comes to artificial intelligence, we still kinda like talking to a human face. Even if the human face has purple eyes, a white I, Robot kind of face and it's gonna haunt your dreams at night I'm quite excited to be here. I am seeing a lot of stuff like this. It's been a jilted conversation and I am actually just mostly pretty terrified being down here. But it's a cool concept and it's one of the things on show here that so many strange, bizarre, wonderful things Half of it we may never see on market. This kind of thing, I'd be kinda delighted to see. Because quite frankly I'm sick of speaking to my smart speaker at home, and just having a conversation with a box. I'd rather have a conversation with Elena. All right, I'm gonna hangout and maybe teach her a few language skills. But make sure you stay tuned to CNET, because at 1 PM we'll be back and we will be live with the best of CES, okay, thanks. [MUSIC]

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