Israeli robotics company Roboteam has created a personal robot called Temi to provide help to people at home.
When the robot is activated with the words "Hey, Temi", it rolls across to its owner to offer assistance. Services the robot provides range from showing a video or playing music, to calling a family member or turning up the heating.
Path-planning and facial-recognition tech allow Temi to identify and track different members of the family. It also plugs into Google's artificial intelligence tools to offer the same functionality as Google Assistant, such as engaging in a two-way conversation to find information or message friends.
Co-founder Yossi Wolf was inspired to create the device after spending an afternoon with his grandmother and noticing how she struggled to operate her smartphone.
Along with offering practical assistance, the robot is designed to improve people's relationship with technology by making them less dependent on it. "While smartphones keep us connected at any time, Temi the personal robot keeps us present anywhere," said Wolf.
At three feet tall, Temi consists of a 10-inch tablet with microphones and speakers on a stand connected to four wheels. While the robot is still in testing stages, it is likely to launch in late 2018 and will cost less than $1,500.