Why it matters: Tokyo-based startup Preferred Robotics Inc. is addressing the demand for convenient smart home devices by unveiling an AI-powered robot, Kachaka, designed for domestic use.
What it does: Kachaka, a rectangular robot mounted on a specially designed table with caster wheels, responds to verbal commands by delivering items, such as dishes and condiments, to specified locations registered on an app. The robot, similar in size to a robotic vacuum cleaner, utilizes AI technology to analyze camera images and calculate the optimal route around people and furniture.
The bigger picture: With an anticipated Japanese consumer robotics market worth USD 41842.7 million by 2028, Kachaka represents yet another innovation seeking to cater to a society with a quickly shrinking labor force, as well as millennials' increased need for smart home devices.
Why it's important: AI has played a crucial role in improving home security systems, enhancing facial recognition, threat analysis, and smart home integration, as well as supporting voice control features on platforms like Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant (FutureBridge). Kachaka takes this a step further by introducing social robot functionalities to ease household tasks for busy homeowners.