New-age gadgets are using machine learning to become an extension of you.

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SwissCognitive LogoTech companies and start-ups are spending a lot of time these days developing products, refining machine learning and adding personalization capabilities to their smart gadgets. “Almost every product can benefit from AI (Artificial Intelligence), lighting, purification, cleaning—everything that you see in a room needs AI,” James Dyson, founder of British tech giant Dyson, said at the launch of their new research facility in Singapore in February. AI is being used everywhere—from headphones, speakers and toothbrushes to robots. Chances are, your next tech purchase could be very intelligent.

Kuri robot

Kuri, developed by US-based Mayfield Robotics, uses an army of cameras and sensors to roam around your home. It will avoid all obstacles, such as furniture, and its speakers and microphones will allow you to check on parents, children, pets, and home safety in general, from anywhere in the world through your phone. It can learn the faces and voices of different family members, has directional intelligence, knows which room belongs to whom, and can even wake you up in the morning. Kuri’s touch sensors allow it to respond to the human touch. The robot’s head and eye movements look fluid and natural—it can, for instance, blink and smile. Call out to Kuri, and it’ll walk up to you. Pre-orders have started at $699 (around Rs45,000 ;

Harman Kardon invoke speaker

Microsoft’s Cortana assistant is one of the “big three” AI products for consumers, along with Google’s Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa. It is in your phone, in your PC, and will soon be in your car too. What was missing from its arsenal, however, was a smart speaker. But that will change soon, with audio brand Harman Kardon’s Invoke speaker (release date is yet to be confirmed). At its heart is the Cortana AI. It will listen to you, answer queries and do searches based on voice commands, control smart home gadgets, and make hands-free voice calls, among other things. The music playback capabilities include 360-degree sound, and Harman Kardon’s audio expertise should shine through. The price isn’t known yet, but Microsoft might want to peg it at around the $129 (around Rs8,300) price point of the Google Home speaker. […]

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