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01/03/2017

Kuri – A First-of-Its-Kind Home Robot Announced at 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Designed with personality, awareness, and mobility, Kuri enhances life at home and helps people connect

Las Vegas, NV (January 3, 2017) — Mayfield Robotics , a Bosch startup out of Redwood City, CA, today at CES proudly unveiled Kuri, an intelligent robot for the home. Kuri is designed with personality, awareness, and mobility, and adds a spark of life to any home. Priced at $699, Kuri is available for pre-order in the U.S. with a $100 deposit starting today at heykuri.com.

Kuri Home Robot Announced at CES

Kuri is built to connect with you and helps bring technology to life. Kuri can understand context and surroundings,recognize specific people, and respond to questions with facial expressions, head movements, and his unique lovable sounds. Like many adored robots in popular culture, his personality and ability to connect are his greatest attributes.

“For generations, people have dreamed of having their own personal robot in the home, and we’ve been focused on making that dream more of a reality,” said Sarah Osentoski, COO and co-founder of Mayfield Robotics. “We’re proud to introduce Kuri to the world and can’t wait to see how he touches the lives of everyone, ranging from parents and children to early technology adopters.”

Behind his clean design, Kuri is powered by serious hardware & capabilities:

  • A built-in 1080p camera so you can check-in on the house or pets while you’re away;
  • A 4-Microphone array, powerful dual speakers, and wifi + Bluetooth connectivity, so he can play music, read the kids a bedtime story, or follow you around playing podcasts while you’re getting ready for work;
  • Various sensors for mapping and detecting edges and objects so he knows where he is, and so you don’t have to worry about him bumping into that chair you forgot to put away, or driving down stairs;
  • Easily programmable tasks and IFTTT capabilities to connect within modern smart homes
  • Hours of battery life, and when it’s time to refuel, he simply returns himself to his charging dock for a quick charging nap.

“While insanely cute on the outside, Kuri contains serious technologies on the inside that represent the latest developments in smartphones, gaming, and robotics,” said Kaijen Hsiao, CTO and co-founder of Mayfield Robotics. “We hope Kuri introduces people — especially kids — to the power of technology and can inspire a new world of possibilities for their future.”

“I’m excited to finally share the work we’ve done,” said Mike Beebe, Mayfield Robotics’ CEO and co-founder. “We have an incredible team that’s focused on a single dream: home robots done right.”

Kuri is 20” tall, weighs about 14 lbs, and includes an app for iOS and Android for setup and controlcapabilities. Mayfield Robotics plans to ship the first Kuri robots for Holiday 2017.

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About Mayfield Robotics

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.

19 comments

  1. Happy New Year, Mayfield Team!
    what an awesome product. Truly Invented for Life.
    Congratulations on this inspiring Debut and my best wishes for a grandiose launch.
    Hope to see you at CES.
    -Hauke

  2. Patrick Scheerer

    I love it! This is how things could become a real partner in life.

  3. Congrats Mayfield team! Kuri is amazing!!

  4. An excellent innovation. Congratulations to Team Kuri.
    Wish to get this shipped to India soon.
    Binny, Bangalore

  5. This is so neat, my son would love it! How does Kuri do with animals? I have a dog!

    • Thanks for stopping by and asking! “Kuri is great with animals – he’s met a pretty wide range of cats, dogs, bunnies, and other creatures. Most don’t pay too much attention to Kuri, but other pets seem to regard Kuri with curiosity. So far, everything has been positive and we haven’t had any pets show signs of thinking Kuri was going to eat their food. 🙂

  6. Jackie Cornell

    While I understand that Kuri will only be released in the US at this time, will the app be available in Canada? Many of us have US Relatives that would be happy to buy one for us.

    • Chris Matthews

      At this time it’s difficult to say for sure – because of different geographical rules for apps and software services, at the moment we’d recommend holding off until we can give you a better answer. (plus, we have a Canadian on staff here, and his sister wants one, so it’s definitely something we’re aware of)

  7. how many dogs think kuri is a fire hydrant?(i am just wondering because i ordered one and have a dog,and may need to order wee wee pads for under his docking station)

    • Chris Matthews

      So far, none of the dogs that have met Kuri have made that mistake! Hopefully it stays that way. We’ve had a number of dogs meet kuri, both here in the office and during our in-home tests, and most dogs are curious but that’s as far as it’s gone.

  8. “Holiday 2017” means nothing outside the US. Presumably you mean Q4

  9. Can you have two Kuro in same household? Say one for me and one for my husband ?

    • Chris Matthews

      Totally! We’ve got about 12 of them running around the office here today. If you end up racing them or jousting, please post videos!

  10. what kind of sensors are used in kuri

    • Chris Matthews

      Kuri contains laser depth sensors for navigation, as well as capacitive touch sensors, a camera, directional microphones, and dual speakers.

  11. I’m curious how you came up with the name Kuri? That happens to be my surname and it is of Lebanese origin.

    • Chris Matthews

      Kuri was a suggestion from one of our test families, and we liked it for a lot of reasons. Fun to learn that you share the name – definitely a coincidence, but a cool one!

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