|Five Elements Robotics™ has developed Budgee, a simple assistant robot that follows you around to carry your stuff. This bridge product looks to be among the first true consumer robotics that promise to be commonplace in our future.|
Have you ever been carrying too much stuff with you - of course you have. Maybe you have health problems, or maybe you're a student with loads of heavy textbooks, or a traveler with heavy carry-on luggage. The team at Five Elements Robotics wants to help you with Budgee, a cute robot assistant that will carry up to 50 lbs around for you.
The concept of Budgee is that the robot works with a small transmitter that you keep with you. In principle it works much like the robot in the Boston Dynamics follow-the-leader demonstration: You put your stuff in Budgee’s basket and the robot follows you wherever you go.
For older people and those with disabilities, the robot assistant could be a big help in letting people be more independent.
At a weight under 20lbs it is easy to pick up and put in your car, or away when not being used.
Budgee can also be driven in manual mode via your smartphone or tablet.
The robot has a security feature that sends you an alert via a mobile app when he’s out of your range, to help control theft. Budgee’s basket will also go into lockdown mode so that no one can take your stuff. The mobile app allows you to change Budgee’s eye color, as well as let you manually drive him and set how closely you want him to follow you.
Budgee will let you know if he is powered off or is out of range. He will talk to your through your device and indicate his change in status.
Five Elements Robotics is currently running a Kickstarter Campaign to get their first shipments of Budgee out the door.
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