September 20

Social Robot Fribo is Facebook Meets Furby

first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Remember that movie Robot & Frank? It was a sweet little sci-fi tale about an old man with dementia and the helper robot his family bought him to keep him from being so lonely. Also the old man was a retired thief who used the robot for crimes but that’s neither here nor there. The point is, along with helping with us physical labor like carrying boxes there’s also potential for robots to help us with emotional labor. And it doesn’t just have to be for old people.Check out Fribo, “A robot for people who live alone.”The product of Korean roboticists, Fribo made its debut at last month’s ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction. But even with lots of description about what it is and how it works, we’re still not entirely sure how to describe. It’s sort of digital assistant like Siri or Alexa. But Fribo’s actual functionality puts its somewhere between Facebook and Furby.For starters, while Fribo can talk to you, you can’t talk to it. For privacy reasons, Fribo can’t recognize your voice, which significantly reduces the creep factor of placing this jet-black artificial animal in your home. Instead, Fribo uses its various sensors to learn and recognize other natural sounds and lights of everyday life to intuit what’s going on. If the door slams, maybe someone is coming or leaving. If the microwave is humming, maybe someone is making dinner. If the washing machine is running, maybe someone is doing laundry.Image credit: Yonsei University & KAISTThat all sounds fuzzy and ambiguous, but that’s part of the point. If Fribo guesses that you’re doing something, it sends out a message to your other Fribo-connected friends. It doesn’t use your name though, just saying something like “Oh, someone just opened the refrigerator door. I wonder which food your friend is going to have.” Friends can opt to learn more by knocking or clapping near Fribo.So really, Fribo is an intriguing tech-driven excuse to spark social interactions. It gives you the comforting feeling of knowing you’re not alone even when you’re physically by yourself. But it’s not as overwhelming or invasive as a traditional social network. Fribo’s expressive eyes surely help users feel loved, too, as trial runs have demonstrated.Fribo is still just an idea, not a consumer product. And even if it does reach shelves, those shelves might only be in Korea since it’s more tailored to those cultural sensibilities. But I really hope one day we can kick Echo to the curb for this thing.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img

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