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Apple is exploring various "personal robotics" projects in an effort to create its "next big thing," according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

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Amazon's Astro robot

One of these projects is described as a "mobile robot" that would "follow users around their homes," while another is said to be an "advanced table-top home device that uses robotics to move a display around":
Engineers at Apple have been exploring a mobile robot that can follow users around their homes, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the skunk-works project is private. The iPhone maker also has developed an advanced table-top home device that uses robotics to move a display around, they said.
Apple is investigating the use of AI algorithms that would help robots "navigate cluttered spaces within people's homes," the report says. Apple has apparently wanted to create robots that can "handle chores, like cleaning dishes in a sink," but Gurman said this feat is unlikely this decade due to "extraordinarily difficult engineering challenges."

Apple's home robot could compete with the likes of Amazon's Astro, which serves as a mobile virtual assistant and provides home security monitoring.

As for the table-top device, Gurman said one idea was for its display to "mimic the head movements" of a person on a FaceTime video call. However, he said Apple has faced technical challenges related to "balancing the weight of a robotic motor on a small stand," and some Apple executives have apparently debated whether to develop such a device.

The robotics projects are said to be in the very early stages of research, and it is unclear if any of them will ever be released to the public. For now, these are just moonshot ideas, but they are fascinating ones to learn about.

Article Link: Apple Exploring 'Mobile Robot' That 'Follows Users Around Their Homes'
 
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tipoo

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Robots will be cool when they can do all your household chores including plugging themselves back in, freeing up immense human capital.

We'd probably have to be even more concerned about the obesity epidemic in that case as chores are probably the only exercise some people do, but that's a separate matter.

"Follows you around" is odd and doesn't sound like that level of ambition. Like holding a screen?
 

NEPOBABY

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Robots will be cool when they can do all your household chores including plugging themselves back in, freeing up immense human capital.

Yeah man if the bot does all those household chores that we do normally in our spare time when we are not working it will save us trillions of dollars and give us more time to **** post online and watch tingtong videos allowing social media CEOs and their shareholders to become ultra rich and stamp even harder on humanity.

Back to reality…
 

szw-mapple fan

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Robots will be cool when they can do all your household chores including plugging themselves back in, freeing up immense human capital.

We'd probably have to be even more concerned about the obesity epidemic in that case as chores are probably the only exercise some people do, but that's a separate matter.

"Follows you around" is odd and doesn't sound like that level of ambition. Like holding a screen?
A lot of home robots like smart vacuums/mops or security camera bots already plug themselves in. The only issue right now is that the hardware capabilities only allow for one or two tasks per bot and still some human intervention once in a while. The end game is an omnibot that can take care of everything imo.
 

wilhoitm

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I would like to see the AI Apple robot and the AI Tesla robot in a cage match! I wonder which one would win?
 

NEPOBABY

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Ambitious mockup lol. It'll probably be more similar to a HomePod on wheels.

I actually used DALL-E to try to create a mockup and I think it'll be close to this. A bit similar to Amazon's Astro.

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Thanks for wasting another gigawatt of electricity and 10 liters of cooling water to show us what our brain was already trying not to imagine.
 
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