CES Award-Winning Robot Olly Gets More Features

September 26, 2017

As we told you about in an earlier post about learning robots, the Olly from Emotech (in London) is a learning robot that can adapt to different users in the same home.

Olly on a table – shown for scale with a newspaper and flower in a vase.

Unlike Alexa or Google Home, which both respond to voice commands but don’t (yet) offer full personalization, Olly has gotten better.

In a recent release from the company, they say…

Olly is the first home robot with an evolving personality that adapts to each individual. Designed to do more than just respond to commands, Olly’s advanced machine learning technology proactively assists you with your day-to-day routine by remembering your habits. Plus, Olly’s unique brain-inspired AI system creates a truly personalised experience by enabling Olly to understand emotion and adapt to the world around you.

Please excuse the Euro ‘personalised’ and other spellings. But as you can see, the robot is different.

Olly won a bunch of awards last January at CES in Las Vegas.

Now the company is touting even more improvements. I learned last week – and was asked to embargo until today – that Olly has been upgraded with the following…

It now has what the company calls a Visual Interaction System. This allows the item to actually communicate with users via visual signals and stimuli. They add, “Olly reflects moods, expresses emotion and conveys personality based on the uniqueness of its user.”

The company also says that Updated Hardware Components and Advanced Algorithms allow the robot to move more smoothly and to adapt more quickly to different individuals. This includes faster response and recognition.

Interacting with the robot is now supposed to be faster and more seamless.

Lastly, as it seems everyone is doing these days, Olly is now being touted as a Platform. They’re predicting that as early as this November, Emotech will open up a developer community so coders and developers can actually hack (my word, not theirs) the robot to do different types of bidding.

I’m anxious to see what occurs in the next couple months and I hope to get the team on camera with Olly when I attend CES in January in Las Vegas. If you’ve got questions, here’s the link to Emotech. If you need to reach me, use the contact form on this site.