Emelya (translated), or Pudding (original) made a lot of noise. Literally in a month, a colossal hype was created around, the number of requests for it gravitates to 6 thousand per month, and the largest of the most read wrote about it (whether for a fee / for that). Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
The cost of a robot without 10 rubles is 10 thousand, and for this money you should get an interactive assistant to you in the form of a robot nanny for a child. Let’s go through the criticism.
The first thing that is usually discussed is the indifference of parents and the unwillingness of young people to take care of children. With foam at the mouth, educators of future generations with experience prove that this, they say, is not the case. On the whole, we understand that the robot will not bring up the best feelings, will not teach you to protect nature and love the Komsomol, but is it the task before him? — Not really. Emelya is still an interactive educational project, a little helper for answering simple questions. How does he deal with it? — Let’s find out below.
The second thing is the camera. And here, in general, shout the guard. Yes, we also know that everything can be stolen from personal data to secret codes. But regarding the home camera, privacy advocates are somehow particularly vocal. Of course, there is a danger, and we also recently wrote about this with a link to Mashable: there is a new business in China!
But, firstly, if you put this criterion at the forefront, then yes: you don’t need to buy a Pudding robot, Xiaomi cameras, Netatmo, or Canary. Dot. However, the process is quite the opposite: demand for home video surveillance is excellent, especially noticeable during the holiday season, and niche devices like Pudding — for children or PetCube — for animals are desirable.
And, of course, those who want to remain unseen through a Wi-fi camera loudest of all are those who live a rather boring life, which you won’t look at for nothing — not just for money. But in the general choir you don’t hear every note — you only react to the volume.
Thus, if educational and observational opportunities are critical for you, you don’t have to look further. Who is ready to compromise — please.
Emelya or Pudding?
In Russia, the Pudding robot will respond to Emelya, after which you can have a conversation with him. While the process of “optimization” for the Russian user is underway, not everyone will support Emel’s conversation, although this is the most interesting part of the interactive. Here are just a few examples:
Quite simple questions can be processed by artificial intelligence. The processing algorithm is probably not very complicated, at some points it comes down to a simple search, like “Ok, Google”.
But you can’t send Emelyan to the exam in Russian literature. The fact is that the machine is still confused and does not know how to filter and slip information logically. That’s right — he can:
But to guess what you need is not quite yet:
And after all, none of us will say that the robot answered the question incorrectly. What, there is no such play? Or lies? He quotes information from Wikipedia — and nothing more. But until he gets to the great classic, time will pass. For fans of creativity, this may turn out to be strange and repulsive, but formally, Emelya is right and there can be no claims that he interpreted the question in a wrong way.
Let’s look further?
There are already enough critics, it’s time to talk about positive emotions. Firstly, Emelyan is cute. Its shape is quite consistent with the ideas of cute robots from cartoons, so the toy will not cause fear in the child.
The Pudding / Emelya consists of two parts: a stand with a silver logo and a head. Emelya’s head rotates, which allows the camera to give you an overview of the room. There is also a display with the help of which Emelya broadcasts her pixel emotions and ear-speakers. On the surface, it is stable, which is also achieved by an additional silicone gasket.
The robot runs on a built-in battery, and in order not to waste it, a standby or sleep mode is provided. This is implemented very, as it was customary to say in 2007, “nice”: the kit has special eyes that are attached by closing the camera using magnets: this leaves no marks and does not require effort.
At the same time, the robot looks even more “human”:
In general, I would note that according to the first impressions, right out of the box, Emelya inspires confidence: he looks very kind and may well claim to be a family member.
The camera is not “under the display”, it is easy to find it above the “face”:
Emelya shows the situation in both horizontal and vertical orientations:
Point the camera at the place you would like to see with the arrows: you can see them from below. Moreover, if you notice that a child, instead of learning lessons, watches TV, sleeps instead of eating or eats instead of vacuuming, then you can send a voice message, which will be voiced by the robot.
Record? — Please. call? — No problem. Everything is quite simple, logical and convenient.
What did we fear and what did not happen?
As you can see, the robot is controlled through IOS or Android applications, where there is an additional base of training materials.
There are fables, fairy tales, and songs. Now there are so many books that not everyone has managed to read by today: 478.
So. You also noticed how Emelya voices information and answers questions. And we, in general, were most worried about whether the robot would read immortal works to us in the same voice. Will not be.
Audiobooks are uploaded inside the application, which are read by the actors. Here is a short example:
In that sense, it’s great.
A few words about connection
Emelya quite simply becomes your friend: the Russified application provides consistent tips for connecting the baby, and the process itself will take no more than 5 minutes.
All: Emelya is ready for dialogue and reproduction of information.
Emelya is supplied in a gift box-cylinder:
The main thing here is not to make a mistake: do not remove the film and do not grab the blue tail: in this case, the lower part with the robot will be on the floor, and this is not a warranty case.
Inside all the necessary components: eyes, charging cable and adapter:
Charges Pudding from the back. There is also a slot for a memory card and an on / off button for the robot:
As a summary
The robot is easy to operate, visually attractive and able to quickly and accurately answer the questions. The embedded interactive in the form of fairy tales and songs is a good base. Here we do not see a radical difference between whether an actor or mom and dad will read “Treasure Island” and who a curious kid will listen to with great pleasure. What if before bed? In the subdued light, a good voice reads an adventure story with expression — I would have listened myself.
You can also use Pudding as a surveillance camera when you go to the country house or on a short trip to understand what is happening at home. This additional feature eliminates the need to buy another device in the house, if you thought about it.
Quick communication with the child: voice or in the form of broadcast text messages. And the question of price remains. Now in Russia Pudding costs 9990 rubles, apparently, before the first New Year’s sales.