One of the features of a person is that he gets tired; robots can work non-stop. The human factor also implies mechanical errors that the machine does not allow due to the high accuracy of the work. Robots are often used in places unsafe for humans, as the machine can be repaired in case of anything, but the treatment of humans is not always simple. Household robot helpers help people to pay less attention to routine work — cleaning, washing, cooking, filling out documents and etc.
Here are the most famous electronic assistants that have made a revolution in the field of personal assistants.
Probably the most famous virtual assistant, its services can be used by every iPhone owner. This is a voice assistant that works as a smart navigator. Using the voice interface, Siri answers questions, leaves recommendations, performs tasks and searches for information needed by the user.
For the first time, Siri was presented to the world in 2014 as part of the iOS 5 operating system. In 2016, the program has already become part of macOS. The virtual assistant is designed to make it easier for the user to interact with mobile devices. When communicating, it seems that the conversation is not with the phone, but with a friend. It will not only answer you, but may also send a message for you, or, for example, reserve a table in a restaurant. Siri has access to all Apple’s built-in applications, from which it independently searches for databases.
Due to the fact that Siri works with various programs, it can perform a variety of tasks. In particular, by connecting the QuardioArm intellectual tonometer, you can recognize the health status (for example, blood pressure) of close people.
Alexa is Amazon’s virtual assistant, which can perform voice commands. Alexa can play music using the Spotify streaming service, create a to-do list, tell the latest news or report on the weather or interesting events nearby. If you say hello to Alexa, it can give you some interesting fact (for example, today is International Literacy Day). Another robot is able to cope with devices in a “smart home” and control the state of such things.
So if your house is equipped with the latest technology with artificial intelligence, Alexa can be responsible for this. If you download The Bartender application, you can even get a recipe for an unusual cocktail (and you don’t need to go to the bar, even a virtual friend is with you).
This assistant robot was developed by a team from the Massachusetts University of Technology.
It looks like an ordinary sphere on a pedestal, on which the screen is located. With its help, the robot interacts with the person: when he turns the “eye,” it seems that JIBO is watching you. Microphones, loudspeakers and cameras are built into it so that the robot can see and hear and talk.
The developers themselves call it a “social robot for the family,” because it knows how to recognize voice and conduct dialogue. If a person is ill, JIBO seems to be tuned to the wave and supports the owner; it also distinguishes family members and does not confuse messages intended for father or daughter, which helps to avoid rather awkward situations
The robot can be used as an assistant in the kitchen: just ask it about the recipe, and it searches for information on the Internet. JIBO also tells jokes, bedtime stories and plays music.
First of all, it was positioned as a search service, and it was presented along with the release of Android 4.1. You can activate an assistant using the “okay, Google” phrase: then it will be ready to answer your questions. This virtual assistant is able to turn on the timer, set the alarm, mark events in the calendar, build a route, start navigation, create notes — in general, complete tasks that can slip the mind of an ordinary busy person. You can also send messages or make calls without touching the device, but simply pronouncing the “call” command.
Also, in Google Now, you can customize personalized tips that are presented in the form of information cards. This includes weather information, latest news, currency rates, and public transport routes. In order for these prompts to appear, you need to configure a virtual assistant. The more information it knows about you, the more accurate the clues will be. The program can also adapt to your schedule: for example, if you get the same road to work every day, Google Now will begin to offer routes on its own, taking into account traffic jams. If you play sports (and the robot knows about it), then it will offer the next sporting events.
This robot, presented by Samsung at the CES 2019 technology exhibition, is designed to care for the elderly. It has a special sensor built in that measures heart rate, blood pressure, reminds the owner about taking medicines, conducts music therapy, prompts physical exercises, wakes up at the right time. Even in an emergency situation (for example, if the owner’s behavior went beyond the norm, namely: he remains stationary for a long time or does not respond to BotCare), the robot can call emergency services. It can also move around the house, and even the “health assistant” emotions are displayed on the display.
It is difficult to analyze the usage statistics of assistant robots around the world. But according to a poll by Nielsen analyst firm, in the US, 24% of families have smart speakers, while 40% of families own several digital assistants. Americans use voice assistants during the day for more than 60 minutes, and on weekends this time increases to 75 minutes. The most active people use them in the evening, after work. As the chart shows, most often people connect voice assistants for information retrieval, entertainment and navigation.