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Segway Debuts Personal Robot Helper At CES 2016

Segway debuts personal robot at CES 2016

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You know of the Segway Personal Transports. They’re ubiquitous in tourist destinations. Since creator Dean Kamen sold the company, they started expanding their line. They were then acquired by competing Chinese startup Ninebot, and now make a range of personal transport devices of different configurations to include off-road, security and one-wheeled consumer scooters.

At CES they debuted a personal robot helper that is both a personal transporter and has a pop-up head that becomes a following personal assistant. It has an Intel RealSense RGB-D depth-sensing camera to identify and track objects, it can connect to your home to help control and monitor internet-connected devices. It has a microphone so you can control it by voice, is Android-controllable/programmable, you can add arms or other hardware extensions for specialized applications. It’s powered by an Intel Atom processor with GPU acceleration available for vision algorithms.

It could be great as a personal assistant if you live alone, or an amazing platform to program new uses and activities.

Segway claims availability by late 2016 or early 2017. No pricing has been announced yet.

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