RoboDynamics To Release First Affordable Robot Personal Assistant [VIDEOS]
I remember as a kid watching Lost In Space and The Jetsons and wishing that I had a personal robot that would do menial chores around the house – nothing major, mow the lawn, vacuum the floors, scrub the toilet. That always seemed like a pipe dream to me and it would never come true.
Only a few years ago, personal robots were introduced to the world and sparked my imagination again. How cool would it be to have a robot around the house? Then I looked at the price tag and quickly realized that it was still a pipe dream. I can’t even afford a Roomba just to clean the floors! The dream of having a personal robot assistant is a little closer to becoming a reality to those of us that don’t make billions a year.
I would like you to meet Luna. She’s the 5 foot tall personal robot assistant created by the geniuses at RoboDynamics in Santa Monica, CA. She is the brain child of RoboDynamics founder Fred Nikgohar and he is clearly ecstatic that the new product will launch within the next 6 months.
I’m not a technical guy by any means, but I find this very exciting! Luna can handle the small tasks of passing out drinks at your next party, serving the snacks or just being a conversation piece amongst your friends and so much more! While RoboDynamics is keeping their lips sealed on everything Luna can do, we do know that she will come with an 8 inch touchscreen, two cameras, wireless connectivity, microphones to communicate and tons of sensors.
What makes Luna so special is that she can support her own app store, which means there will be hundreds of apps developed for her to continue to add on tasks. Fred Nikgohar tells me, “The main thing about Luna is not so much how many apps RoboDynamics will release – but rather the fact that she natively supports an App Store – so how many different people will be releasing different apps (many of them as yet unimagined) once there is an affordable robot with an App Store out there?”
My best guess is that many app developers will jump on the band wagon once Luna hits the marketplace to develop some really cool stuff for her to do. I imagine we will have our minds blown once the geniuses in the world have a chance to push her to her limits! I know for a fact that she will be able to do way more than what is shown in her first test run.
Let’s talk price point. I’ve said that Luna is affordable, but most people think “yeah right, how affordable can a 5 foot tall robot be with all that technology built in? A great laptop computer costs around $1400+, this is a robot. It has to be closer to $10,000.” You are not thinking truly affordable.
The first models of Luna hitting the market this year will be around $3000. In one year from now, you should be able to pick up Luna for close to $1000. That’s about the same price you would pay for a nice laptop, less than a nice TV and not much more than an iPad. See, I told you Luna was affordable!
As you saw in the Luna test run, RoboDynamics has a goal to have a personal robot in every home by 2021 – that’s only 10 years from now. Maybe, if you are good this year, Santa can bring you your very own Luna next Christmas and you can be the cool house on the block that is ahead of the technology curve! If you do get one, please let me come play!
Sound off: Would you consider buying a Luna for your home?