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Christiane Wild-Raidt

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Bosch start-up Mayfield Robotics to begin shipping home robot Kuri at the end of 2017

  • Interaction enables a personal relationship between people and robots
  • Kuri combines personality, awareness, and mobility
  • U.S. market launch scheduled for December 2017
  • Forecast: Market volume of 9 billion dollars for home robots in 2020

Stuttgart, Germany / Redwood City, United States – She can read children goodnight stories, play their parents’ favorite songs, and knows who is in front of her thanks to facial recognition capabilities. Kuri, the home robot developed by the Bosch start-up Mayfield Robotics, is more than a gadget. She engages with the people around her on an emotive level through interaction. As a result, a personal relationship develops between humans and robot, turning Kuri into another member of the family. Home robots represent a market with potential. The Tractica market research institute expects global market volume to amount to 9 billion dollars in 2020. “For generations, people have dreamed of having their own home robot. We have worked hard to make this dream more of a reality,” said Mike Beebe, co-founder of Mayfield Robotics.

Personality packed with technology

Kuri learns from her interactions with her surroundings. She can draw connections, perceive her environment, and respond to questions with gestures, head movements, and noises. Kuri’s ability to establish relationships lends her personality. Behind her clean design, the robot is powered by high-performance hardware and features from the fields of smartphones, gaming, and robotics:

• A camera and microphone enable parents to check via smartphone whether everything at home is okay while they are away.

• Stereo speakers plus WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity make it possible to play music.

• Various sensors detect edges and objects. Kuri knows exactly where she is in the house and avoids running into objects.

• The home robot can be added to a smart home network.

• When it is time to recharge the battery, Kuri will return by herself to her charging pad and take a time out.

From the Bosch company to their own start-up

Kuri made her first appearance at CES in Las Vegas in January 2017. She will debut in the U.S. at the end of December. The start-up Mayfield Robotics specializes in the development of home robots. It is based in Redwood City, California, and has a current workforce of some 50 engineers and designers. Sarah Osentoski, Kaijen Hsiao, and Mike Beebe established Mayfield Robotics in 2015. Osentoski and Hsiao had previously worked at the Bosch research center in Palo Alto, California. The company is supported by Bosch Start-up GmbH, whose mission is to advance the entrepreneurial thinking of Bosch associates and to help them establish their own businesses.

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Mayfield Robotics is the maker of Kuri, a new kind of intelligent home robot. Born out of the Bosch Startup Platform, the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch North America Corporation. Founded in 2015 by Sarah Osentoski, Kaijen Hsiao and Mike Beebe, the company is based out of Redwood City, California. For more information, visit www.mayfieldrobotics.com , and to pre-order Kuri, visit www.heykuri.com .

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2019). The company generated sales of 77.7 billion euros in 2019. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs some 72,600 associates in research and development at 126 locations across the globe, as well as roughly 30,000 software engineers.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.iot.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, www.twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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