Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Moorebot unveiled Scout, an autonomous robot for intelligent home monitoring

Moorebot, a world-leading brand for customer robots and robotic devices, has announced its new Scout robot. Equipped with many advanced sensors and AI algorithms, the Moorebot Scout is the world-first autonomous home robot that lets you monitor, discover, and explore the world around you.

The robot can be used as an intelligent mobile home camera, a pet companion, a surveillance tool for a handyman – when you are not at home, and an inspiring, modern learning toy for kids. Its capabilities include Smart Home integration with either Amazon Alexa or Google Home, and monocular SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping), audio and visual intelligence that enables Scout to recognize, follow and interact with individual persons and pets.

Moorebot unveiled Scout, an autonomous robot for intelligent home monitoring
It is ideal for surveillance as well as for pet monitoring and companionship. Credit: Moorebot

Scout is equipped with a 1080P FHD camera and night vision, support for voice control, and the function of streaming video directly to your smartphone in real-time. Despite all these features, the robot is relatively compact and lightweight. Thanks to the small size (70mm x 100mm x 110mm – 2.8inches x 4 inches x 4.3 inches), Scout can be used to autonomously monitor home, office, or business, going under furniture and into hard to reach locations.

Inside the robot is a 1.2GHz quad-core ARM processor with 1GB of DDR III RAM and 4GB of flash. The operating system is open-source Linux + ROS. In full operating mode, Scout’s 16,850 Li-on batteries will last well over 2 hours between recharges. The robot will always find its way back to recharge on its cradle to get ready for the next assignment.

Moorebot unveiled Scout, an autonomous robot for intelligent home monitoring
Scout can also be used as an inspiring, modern learning toy for kids. Credit: Moorebot

This smartest camera-on-wheel robot is not only intended for home monitoring, but it can also perform inspections in areas that are hard to reach for professionals and businesses. Its modular design enables users, kids, and adults – with no computer training – to build their own unique applications. By using Scratch, a block-based visual programming language, new features can easily be created. Besides, experienced robot lovers can develop with C coding and use 3D printing to add extension tools.

Scout also provides open-source code, enabling programmers to develop and implement more sophisticated AI features. It is even possible to design and 3D print extension tools that can be attached to Scout, ranging from robot arms, a UV germ killer, a pet treat dispenser, and many more.

The Scout will go on sale in March/April 2021 for $179.