After several public stops at tech shows including CE Week and IFA, Temi the personal robot became available to the public on October 1. Described as an entertainment system for the whole family, Temi is a mobile, personal robot assistant designed for the home or office. The fully mobile and autonomous device combines several emerging technology categories into a single user experience.
Temi is available for preorder now through the company website. Additionally, the company has teamed up with select b8ta stores across the country to bring the personal assistant robot into those stores for in-person demos.
Powered by AI, Temi is built around a system of 16 different sensors and cameras that allow it to navigate its environment and deliver “day-to-day value to its users.” Temi is capable of recognizing its owners, distinguishing between different voices, and assisting with various smart tasks—ranging from playing music, to ordering food, to controlling connected smart home gadgets. Essentially, Temi functions as a smart home hub, online content/video distribution system, and smart speaker all rolled into one. Further, Temi is able to learn and familiarize itself with its users and their likes and preferences to offer customized content and personalized services.
The personal assistant robot resembles any cliché movie robot assistant that you can dream up, with its video screen attached to a tall stand that’s all connected to a rolling base. Temi uses a proprietary “Robox” navigation system that allows the product to constantly map its surroundings and distinguish between stationary and moving objects in order to avoid obstacles. During a brief demo at IFA, we were told the design—with a small table located behind the screen—is intended to act as a technology tray, so the user can leave their smartphone on the tray to disconnect themselves from one piece of tech while being followed around by another piece of much larger tech. That tray is Qi compatible, allowing the user to charge their device as well.
Perhaps in recognition of its uniqueness as a product, Temi was one of the handpicked stops for the U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grennell during his several-hour tour through the IFA campus in September.
The Temi personal assistant robot carries a price tag of $1,499.Preorders are live now with the first deliveries expected to begin before the end of the holiday season. All deliveries, the company said, will be completed by the end of January 2019.