The world is on the cusp of an AI revolution. Companies around the world are already using the technology to help do everything from parse medical records to teach cars to drive themselves. At home, digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google Now, have put a conversational gloss on the burgeoning tech. In 2017, AI is likely to not only get smarter (natch) but also more humanlike. Here’s a closer look:
The company’s Alexa software enables users to chat with its Internet-connected speaker, asking it to read news and weather reports, and even order a taxi.
This voice-controlled speaker is powered by the Google Assistant, which helps users manage their calendar, perform Google searches or translate speech.
The Japanese robot, which can understand human speech, recognize body language and make gestures of its own, is being tested as a customer assistant in retail store.
Nest Cam Outdoor
The security camera’s software can distinguish between people and other subjects, like animals, to reduce false alarms.
Microsoft’s intelligent eyewear can see, map and understand its wearer’s physical surroundings, allowing them to view apps and games as 3-D holographs.
This camera-equipped robotic toy can recognize and react to its owner’s face, and even say his or her name.
This bot aims to be a more lifelike version of Echo and Home, maneuvering around the house as it answers users’ questions and expressing “emotions” via a virtual face.
iRobot Roomba 960/980
The sensors in these models enable them to “see” floors as they clean, which helps them do a more thorough job.
Tesla Model S
Thanks to a combination of cameras and sensors, the electric sedan knows how to stay in a highway lane, match its speed to surrounding traffic and even park itself.
DJI Mavic Pro
The foldable drone can see and avoid midflight obstacles, like trees and buildings. It can also track and follow subjects, like a downhill skier.
Boston Dynamics SpotMini
This robotic pup (developed for research purposes) uses sensors and cameras to move with lifelike precision. It can even handle delicate objects like wineglasses.
This bot, which is currently in use, roves hospital hallways to deliver medicine, supplies and lab specimens, giving doctors and nurses more time to focus on patient care.
The smartphone-controlled Star Wars toy is smart enough to remember its surroundings, so it can adapt accordingly as it roves your home
These bots follow warehouse workers as they pick items from shelves, then help them carry inventory to reduce physical strain.