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Now in its early stages, artificial intelligence is on the cusp of going mainstream. There are some cool AI-based gadgets and apps on the market, but the next step in AI’s evolution is the development of gadgets that are useful in day-to-day life. This doesn’t necessarily mean “smart” — just practical.
While AI will no doubt continue to improve as technology progresses, there are a handful of helpful devices and gadgets you can get your hands on now. Here is a quick look at six of the best.
1. Cocoon Cam
Cocoon Cam takes the concept of a baby monitor and elevates it to the next level. It has a video monitor, which is standard on such devices these days, but it also monitors your baby’s breathing, can update you with instant alerts, and gives you an idea of how the little one is resting via sleep analytics.
The camera connects to an associated smartphone app that allows you to check on your child no matter where you are, whether you’re down the hall or on a work trip on the other side of the planet.
The real innovation here is the device’s ability to monitor your baby’s breathing without any sensors or wearable that could be uncomfortable for sensitive skin. The camera uses computer vision technology to track your child’s chest movements, even if they are wrapped in a blanket.
You know about home robots that can help keep your floors tidy, but Kuri is more like a humanoid version of smart home devices like Amazon’s Alexa. A built-in microphone allows Kuri to listen to your voice and take commands, whether it’s playing your favorite songs or podcasts or reading the kids a story before bed.
The robot connects to your entertainment hub but also maneuvers around your home and learns the floor plan over time, including which room belongs to whom. Kuri can also learn the day-to-day routine of your home and wake you up each morning or greet you when you get home from work in the evening.
In addition, Kuri’s “eyes” are a camera that takes photos or videos, recognizes faces, and serves as an alarm system when you’re not home.
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