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Will Buddy be Your New Best Buddy? In-Home Companion Robot is on Its Way

Blue Frog Robotics, a French technology start-up, is creating social robots that are designed to live in your home. Buddy, an in-home companion robot, is programmed to protect your home, assist with daily tasks and talk with members of your family. Who doesn’t want a little robot to do the vacuuming?

dBuddy, the in-home robot, uses Text-to-Speech

Meet Buddy: Blue Frog Robotics In-Home Robot

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But how could Buddy do the vacuuming? Buddy’s body is covered in sensors and cameras that allow it to detect objects on the floor and move around them.

Buddy has a Butler Mode, in which it can fetch and clean objects. In Security Mode, Buddy will patrol the outside of your home for danger. Buddy can even be used as a calendar, keeping track of important dates and reminding you about them.

In order to communicate with your family, Buddy uses Text-to-Speech (TTS) software. Buddy can wake you up in the morning, say hello, and can be instructed not to leave until you get up. Buddy can even be asked to tell a bedtime story to children. As a Text-to-Speech company, it is exciting to see TTS being incorporated into humanoid robots. We can’t wait to hear Buddy talk!

 

Customize your Buddy with Apps

According to Business Insider, downloading apps to your personal assistant robot could become as common as downloading them to your Smartphone.

Blue Frog Robotics is aiming to create a range of interesting apps that you can download to Buddy. Buddy can connect to your wireless internet to fully integrate into your home and enable the downloading of apps.

Frack de Visme, the CFO of Blue Frog Robotics understands the importance of offering a range of entertaining and educational apps to consumers. “It’s like the iPhone, if we want to reach the mainstream and have success we need many very interesting apps,” he said.

 

Artificial Intelligence is the Future

Ever since the first sci-fi movie featuring a humanoid robot, humans have dreamed of creating companion robots. Buddy is the first step towards realizing that dream. Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is the future of Speech Technology as we develop robots that we can talk to and enable them to talk to us.

Frank de Visme believes that “in five years many people will have personal robots”. We are looking forward to seeing if this comes true.

 

NeoSpeech and Artificial Intelligence

NeoSpeech has already begun taking part in developing humanoid robots. In 2013, NeoSpeech provided Text-to-Speech functionality for The Smithsonian’s Bionic Man, Frank.

Frank was designed for a very different purpose to Buddy. While Buddy is designed to help you in your daily life, Frank was designed to enable scientists to make cutting-edge scientific and medical advances.

Frank can not only have a conversation with you using TTS, but he also has a working heart, arms, hands and much more. Frank even has a working pancreas. Many of Frank’s organs are prototypes for creating artificial organs for humans, which could change the course of a human life dramatically.

Bionic Man uses NeoSpeech Text-to-SpeechFrank, a humanoid robot that uses NeoSpeech Text-to-Speech

 

“What if an artificial heart can buy us more lifespan – what will a society like that look like?” asks Bertolt Meyer, the host of a documentary on Frank. “The heart is already being used in patients”.

NeoSpeech’s VoiceText™ Text-to-Speech has also been successfully incorporated into other humanoid robots, primarily in Japan for the Japanese language. We look forward to seeing this market grow and to see the positive influence these advancements can make on human life.

 

Tell Us What You Think

Do you think Buddy and Frank are great inventions? Or would you prefer to keep your home robot-free? Comment below and let us know. Or, if you would like to share your NeoSpeech story with us, please feel free to email us at marketing@neospeech.com 

 

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Text-to-Speech has a huge range of applications and robotics is only one of them. Check out our Areas of Application to discover the different ways in which our TTS can help you or your customers.

To learn more about Buddy and Blue Frog Robotics, visit http://www.bluefrogrobotics.com/.

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