Furhat Robotics is today launching a ground-breaking social robot, demonstrating a significant advancement in the field of human-like robots and conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI). For more information see the IDTechEx report on New Robotics and Drones 2018-2038.
Built from an original prototype, the company has created a market-ready robot that can communicate with humans the way we do with each other: by speaking, listening, showing emotions and having conversations. With social robots set to become the next major computer interface, Furhat has been specifically designed to create an intuitive, human-like and engage experience making the way that people interact with technology much more natural.
What sets Furhat aside from other robots in the world today is the face, which uses computer animation to create incredibly immersive characters and experiences. Allowing users to change its appearance, its facial expressions and its voice, among other features, this technology delivers an unparalleled level of expressivity and customisability. The beautiful design, inspired heavily by Furhat's Scandinavian roots, is characterized by the core principles of simplicity and functionality, adding another layer of sophistication.
Combining innovative hardware with a new class of conversational AI software and state of the art tools, the company has also developed a powerful and sophisticated platform specifically for multisensory and immersive language interactions, enabling developers working in any industry sector and from any country to build highly advanced applications for social robots. With 70 international brands including Disney, Merck and Honda already working with Furhat, this new platform takes the concept of conversational AI to the next level both in terms of creating new social and business opportunities and in accelerating the development process.
Samer Al Moubayed, CEO of Furhat - "This is the culmination of many years of dedicated research and development both internally and through working with industry and technology partners. From its beginnings at KTH we have taken Furhat to a point where social robots are no longer a hope for the future but a reality of today".
Source and top image: Furhat Robotics