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Bosch Is not Going To Release Kuri

Kuri, the home robot that performed really well at some recent events has been cancelled before going on sale to the wider public.

Kuri was supposed to take videos and photos at the same time playing with kids, taking commands and patrolling properties.

Bosch, the company that created Kuri decided not to go ahead with it anymore even though the control app was released last month, June 2018, before its anticipated launch saying, “it’s not a business fit.”

Though other technologies are still developing home robots.

Bosch’s subsidiary said in a blog, “We are crushed to let you know that effective today, Mayfield Robotics will pause operations as we evaluate the company’s path forward.

Sadly, our Kuri manufacturing will cease and the Kuri robots that have been made will not ship to customers.”

The company also assured that those who paid $799 to pre-order the machines would be refunded.

In 2017, at the Consumer Electronics Show which happened in Las Vegas, Kuri was first shown to the public. At that event it was announced that it would start shipping later this year.

A limited number of devices were delivered to US buyers in December.

Kuri also made appearances at the Ted Talks, the South by Southwest festival and the Economist Innovation Summit among the other events.

Its features included:

  • Face recognition to help it “capture unexpected moments” around home.
  • Mapping sensors to prevent it bumping into objects or falling down stairs.
  • Touch detection to allow it to respond to its owner in cute ways, such as looking up and chirping if its head was tapped.

Mayfield Robotics was still promoting sales of the robot via social media as recently as 15th July.

Although it has now halted the project, the business added: “We stand firm in our belief that the home robot renaissance is just beginning – and it’s going to be amazing.”

There are other home robots, like: Jibo, Keecker, Lynx and a new version of Sony’s Robo pet Aibo, which have been managed to make it into consumers’ hands over the past year. But reviews have criticized their limited capabilities and significant price tags.

Ben Wood from tech consultancy CCS Insight said, “We’re in the stone age of the home robot market. Lots of companies are trying to crack a very tough technology challenge. They want to have skin in the game in case the opportunity comes to fruition.

But it’s becoming increasingly apparent that it’s still a bit early to deliver against consumers’ expectations.”

Despite all these, there are several big brands that are working on further home robots.

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