LAS VEGAS, NV (January 10, 2018) – AvatarMind, creator of the iPal® Robot, a playful, affordable humanoid robot that serves as a social companion, educator and safety monitor for children, as well as the elderly, announced today a partnership with Eyeris, the world leader in vision AI for human behavior.
The two companies announced their intent to build upon iPal Robot’s already strong human interaction capabilities by integrating Eyeris’ Emotion Recognition and Face Analytics capabilities.
Eyeris will provide the iPal Robot with human-like face-to-face interaction, creating a seamless Human-Robot-Interaction (HRI). With its advanced vision AI for emotion recognition from facial micro-expression and more than 30 complementary face-reading analytics, Eyeris bridges the gap between humans and social robot interactions.
“We’re thrilled to partner with AvatarMind. We’re especially excited about their vision for iPal as the first humanoid robot that is built for the masses with a great balance between rich features and affordability. We look forward to empowering iPal’s developer community with Eyeris’ Human Visual Behavior Understanding AI to benefit a myriad of applications for years to come,” said Eyeris CEO Modar Alaoui.
According to AvatarMind CEO John Ostrem, the partnership with Eyeris takes iPal Robot to the next level of human interaction, “iPal Robot was designed to take robotics to its natural, next level in human/robot interaction in a way that’s fun, friendly, non-intimidating, impactful and educational. Eyeris’ deep learning-based emotion recognition and face analytics software enables our little friend to read facial micro-expressions and have an immediate direct impact on children, the elderly and adults with special needs and small businesses.”
At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018, AvatarMind will be taking orders for a developer version of iPal at an early adopter price of $1,699. A retail consumer product will be available in May 2018 with pricing expected to be less than $2,000. Distributor pricing is dependent upon the expected volume and the size of the opportunity.
Reporters are urged to see iPal in action at AvatarMind’s CES booth at LVCC South Hall 2, #25617 or book a private demo here.
AvatarMind was founded in 2014 with a vision to create highly capable, humanoid robots that are affordable for ordinary families, not just institutions. The company was founded by a group of entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, PhDs from top universities and robot experts from robotic companies. AvatarMind’s experienced research team has deep experience in artificial intelligence, motion control, sensors and power management technologies. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Eyeris is a world pioneer and leader of vision AI for Human Behavior Understanding. Eyeris HBU AI offers the world’s most advanced and most comprehensive suite of face analytics and real-time body tracking with its edge-processing and cloud-based solutions. The company’s vision AI is used in today’s commercial applications such as automotive, robotics, and video analytics. Eyeris, a winner of the 2017 TU Automotive Awards, holds the world’s largest in-cabin dataset for driver and occupant monitoring and has the widest range of supported automotive-grade embedded systems. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., the company’s R&D lab in San Jose focuses on software optimization and customization of its deep-learning models to specific products and environments such as driver and occupant monitoring AI for autonomous and highly-automated vehicles, and human-robot interaction for social robotics.