Littleton, United States – Luxonis, a Colorado-based robotic vision platform, to introduce rae, its fully-formed personal robot. Backed by a Kickstarter campaign to help support its development, rae sets itself apart by offering a multitude of features right out of the box, along with a degree of experimental programming potential that far exceeds other consumer robots on the market. The most recent of a long line of Luxonis introductions, rae is designed to make robotics accessible and simple for users of any experience level.
“rae is representative of our foremost goal at Luxonis: to make robotics accessible and simple for anyone, not just the tenured engineer with years of programming experience,” says Brandon Gilles, CEO of Luxonis. “A longstanding truth about robotics is that the barrier to entry sometimes feels impossibly high, but it doesn’t have to be that way. By creating rae, we want to help demonstrate the kinds of positive impacts robotics can bring to all people’s lives, whether it’s as simple as helping you find your keys, talking with your friend who uses American Sign Language, or playing with your kids.”
At its core, rae is a robot, and includes AI, computer vision and machine learning all on-device. Building upon the technology of the brand’s OAK cameras, rae offers stereo depth, object tracking, motion estimation, 9-axis IMU data, neural inference, corner detection, motion zooming, and is fully compatible with the DepthAI API. With next-generation simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM), rae can map out and navigate through unknown environments, and is preconfigured with ROS 2 for access to its robust collection of software and applications.
Featuring a full suite of standard applications, rae offers games like follow me and hide and seek, and useful tools like barcode/QR code scanning, license plate reading, fall detection, time-lapse recording, emotion recognition, object finding, sign language interpretation, and a security alert mode. All applications are controllable through rae’s mobile app, which users can use from anywhere around the world. They can also link with Luxonis’ cloud platform, RobotHub, to manage customisations, download and install user-created applications, and collaborate with Luxonis’ user community.
Crowdfunding campaigns and developing trailblasing products that roboticists love is something that is in Luxonis’ DNA, which is made evident by its established track record of two previously campaigns. Luxonis’ Kickstarter for the OpenCV AI Kit in 2021 raised [$1.3 million (€1.26 million)] with 6,564 backers, and the second for the OAK-D Lite raised [$1.02 million (€0.99 million)] with 7,988 backers. With the support of robot hobbyists and brand loyalists, as well as new target backers such as educators, students, and parents, rae is en route to leave an impact as a revolutionary personal robot that isn’t limited to niche demographics.
Pricing for rae starts at [$299 (€290.07)] and international shipping is available.
Interested backers can learn more about the campaign here.
For more information about Luxonis, visit Luxonis.
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