This past week has seen lots of innovations coming out of the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show.
One of those is Moflin, an AI pet robot with “emotional capabilities”, that looks like a fluffy gray guinea pig, with black beady eyes and soft fur.
Here’s a short video:
Created by Vanguard Industries, the robot uses a unique algorithm that allows Moflin to learn and grow, using built-in sensors to evaluate its surroundings. These sensors include accelerometers with gyroscopes, touch sensors, and microphones.
That means its capable of distinguishing between different people depending on how they interact with it, and can express its ‘feelings’ accordingly, through movements and unbearably cute sounds that were inspired by real animal noises.
According to the company, each Moflin will develop an individual personality over time, depending on the environment and “how their owners treat them”, with possible emotions including anxious, calm, happy, excited, and more – just like a real pet.
When it needs to be charged, you place it in a nest-like wireless charging cradle – and when you do, Moflin will make “cute sounds and small reactions” like a real sleeping animal would.
Vanguard Industries says that it aims to successfully deliver its first Moflin in March, and you can get your hands on one by pledging $400, with delivery expected by June 2021.
Given that many airlines are cutting back on allowing emotional support animals, Moflin might be just what a traveler needs to keep them calm. That’s assuming you’ve been treating Moflin with tender loving care…
Personally, I can’t see myself wanting one of these. If I’m going to buy an artificial robot, I want one that will do things for me. Like clean my house, or even better, write my daily blog…