Latest in Gear

Image credit: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Say goodbye to the company that made the cute Kuri robot

Mayfield Robotics couldn't find someone to back its vision of the future.
186 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

It's a sad day if you're fond of robotic assistants. Mayfield Robotics, the company behind the awww-inducing Kuri robot, is shutting down on October 31st, 2018. Simply put, the company had run out of options after cancelling Kuri. The company was "unable to reach an agreement" with other partners to help finance and develop its technology. Longtime partner Bosch will ease the burden for employees by offering severance packages and helping them find new jobs (including at Bosch).

The closure underscores the central problem home robot makers like Mayfield and the Jibo team have faced: there just isn't a lot of demand for household bots in their current form. As adorable as they are, they tend to be voice assistants with an adorable look. They do offer some extra functionality over a smart speaker (such as recording family moments) and are sometimes mobile, but rarely so much more that they can justify their higher prices. It's not that home robots will never take off -- just that the technology isn't there yet.

Via: The Verge
Source: Kuri
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
186 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Blue's Yeti X microphone comes with everything you need to sound like a pro

Blue's Yeti X microphone comes with everything you need to sound like a pro

View
Uber will restrict NYC drivers' access to app due to new regulations

Uber will restrict NYC drivers' access to app due to new regulations

View
GNU founder Richard Stallman resigns from MIT, Free Software Foundation

GNU founder Richard Stallman resigns from MIT, Free Software Foundation

View
 FCC approves first commercial use of 3.5GHz band

FCC approves first commercial use of 3.5GHz band

View
What's on TV: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'

What's on TV: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr