Robodynamics’ Luna Debuts on Kickstarter but is Still a Year Away from Being a Reality
The concept of a personal robot is not new. It has been in the prototyping stage for many years now. Innumerable companies and technical wizards have tried to perfect the technology that would make personal robots a reality. Robodynamics is one such company that has been working on its personal robot, Luna, for quite some time now. And it has just made its debut on Kickstarter to raise funds for manufacturing.
From the looks of it, Luna holds promise but it is still quite a distance and time away from becoming a reality. According to the information furnished by Robodynamics, Luna stands five feet tall and weighs about 60 lbs. It has an 8 inches LCD screen, two manually movable hands, an 8 hour battery life and a head that is not very different from an oval shaped display of conventional monitors. The design of Luna is certainly impressive if nothing else. It is neat, sleek and appears to be friendly. Nothing weird can be spotted in the physical attributes of Luna, barring the odd hands that look like a job half done. The fact that the hands cannot be automated or controlled remotely is another drawback of the otherwise state of the art robot.
Robodynamics is pitching the use of Luna in various industries. Obviously healthcare industry is the primary target. For decades now, personal robots have been contemplated, envisioned and worked upon with relevance to the healthcare industry. Likewise, Luna is supposedly poised to help the elderly, the bed ridden, those without direct medical supervision and at palliative care centers among others. Luna might as well find its utility in hospitals and homes for the elderly. Luna is also being pitched to find use in security and administration, although it is not illustrated how Luna would coordinate or be of significance in either case. The technical specifications of Luna are not very spellbinding. It is more like a standard computer with 8 GB RAM and a standard smart phone with 16 GB storage. With a Mini-ITX motherboard, conventional USB ports and Linux ROS (operating system for robots), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (optional feature), Luna is poised to be rather affordable. Actually, Robodynamics is pegging the personal robot to be one for the masses. But how it would be useful in day to day affairs other than serving reminders is yet to be shed light upon.
Given the fact that Luna has been an idea and a robot in the making for more than four years and would still be another year in the making, one cannot be certain if it would be in the stores anytime soon.