Industrial Electronics

Tiny autonomous robot can monitor the home and pets

11 January 2021
The Scout robot can go into small spaces to clean or perform inspections in hard-to-reach locations. Source: Moorebot

Moorebot is kicking off the launch of its Scout robot, a tiny autonomous device that allows homeowners to monitor their houses with a mobile camera for security or to serve as a learning toy for children.

At just 2.8 in x 4 in x 4.3 in, the robot includes smart home integration with either Amazon Alexa or Google Home monocular simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) and audio and visual intelligence that enables the robot to recognize, follow and interact with individuals or pets in the home.

Moorebot said the robot can be used to autonomously monitor homes, offices or businesses, traveling under furniture or performing inspections in hard-to-reach locations.

Scout comes equipped with a 1080 p full high-definition camera and night vision and includes two-way audio to listen to or even talk to pets. The robot autonomously returns to its cradle to receive a new assignment or when it needs to recharge.

The company said Scout could also be used to help kids learn science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills with its modular design that allows them to build applications without computer training. Using Scratch, a block-based visual programming language, features can be added to the robot easily, Moorebot said. It is even possible to design and 3D print extension tools to attach things such as robot arms, ultraviolet light germ-killing applications, a pet treat dispenser or other tools.

The Scout robot is slated to be available for sale in the spring.

The all-digital CES 2021 is taking place Jan 11-14.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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