As we live in the 21st century, many of us who are old enough to remember living in the 20th have had cause to wonder where things when wrong with technology.
There were many expectations for this century. Where are our flying cars? Our teleportation devices? Our personal robot servants?
Thankfully at least one of these seems to be on the VERY near horizon. RoboDynamics has created Luna, a 5-foot tall fully programmable robot companion platform that they hope will become the standard for household robotics in the future. Luna has her own app store, 8 expansion ports (like USB for robots), and a 3rd party store called CloudNet where additional functionality like facial recognition can be had.
On the hardware side, Luna packs 2 cameras, an 8-inch touchscreen, wireless networking capabilities, an array of 3 microphones and other sensors, a carrying handle and 2 adjustable but non-powered arms. Also check out the fascinating robot waiter Sydney.
One good thing to note; Luna is not a prototype, she is a real product. An initial batch of limited edition Lunas will be going on sale in Q4 for about $3,000, while the standard production run will begin in the latter half of 2012 and will cost in the $1,000 range.
$1,000 for a personal robot assistant is a pretty good deal, even if Luna IS really the first generation of such robots. Still, just look at that styling and design aesthetic. We know where this is going don’t we? The future looks pretty bright.
Check out the Luna video below for more, and let us know what you think in the comments!