AI-powered pet robot Kiki will drive away your blues

Indiatimes | January 11, 2019

Like every year, the CES 2019 too witnessed a number of interesting innovations one of them being an AI-powered robot called Kiki. Kiki looks like Eva from the movie Wall-E and has cat ears. The robot is powered by artificial intelligence, which basically means it learns human behavior over time to respond to situations.
According to Cnet, Kiki is a companionship robot. It features a camera in its nose to help identify the environment and remember people. Once it locks on a face, it can track the person by moving its head, much like a real pet would.

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