Tech & Science Aeolus is the beer-from-fridge bot we’ve all been waiting for

01:40  10 january  2018
01:40  10 january  2018 Source:   The Verge

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Aeolus is supposed to be a general household helper. It can supposedly recognize “thousands of items,” and wander around your home putting them back where they belong. CES 2018 Day 2: a big day for laptop news. Aeolus is the beer - from - fridge bot we ’ ve all been waiting for .

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After years of wondering when a consumer robot will be released that can finally relieve me of the drudgery of going to the fridge for a cold adult beverage, Aeolus might have the answer. Last night at CES, I witnessed this chunky new wheeled robot from Aeolus Robotics pick up a can of Coke with its grabber arm, swing around, and hand it to me.

Of course, beverage delivery isn’t all it’s designed to do. Aeolus is supposed to be a general household helper. It can supposedly recognize “thousands of items,” and wander around your home putting them back where they belong. If you lose your glasses, Aeolus could help you find them. It also has a modular attachment on its left side that can grip a vacuum cleaner or a broom for cleaning jobs. There’s even a chair-moving function.

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I’ve seen most of these skills demonstrated by research robots — ones that usually cost hundreds of thousands to build and are part of multimillion-dollar research programs. But Aeolus is supposed to ship late this year for “less than the cost of a family of four vacation overseas.” I don’t have a family of four, so I’ve never priced out an overseas vacation for them, but I asked if that was “less than $20,000” and I was assured that it was. Given how complicated its grabber arm is alone, that’s quite an achievement.

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My big question is: how many of these features can Aeolus ship in its eponymous robot by the end of the year? The demo I saw way very limited and far from dynamic. More choreography than AI. A home is a chaotic environment, and while person and obstacle avoidance seems like a solved problem these days, memorizing the placement of objects, and moving those objects to where they “belong,” aren’t something I’ve seen many robots do successfully or consistently.

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Of course, all these challenges are exactly what would make Aeolus so exciting if it can launch this year. You can do it, Aeolus! I’m rooting for you!

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