From Siri in our smartphones to Alexa in our smart homes, virtual assistants have gradually made their way into our everyday lives. However, as technology advances, these virtual assistants are beginning to take physical form with the emergence of smart robots and artificial intelligence (AI). Among which is Temi, the first truly intelligent, mobile personal robot for the home or office that places you at the center of your technology.
Temi – short for “technology for me” – is one of the first home robots that aims to help users connect with friends and family online or via video, or interacting with their smart home devices. Priced at an affordable $1,500, Temi is definitely catered towards the middle-range consumer market.
Exclusive: Temi Robotics Partners With Google
Recently, in an exclusive interview with CryptoTicker, the CEO and founder of Temi, Yossi Wolf, revealed the company’s recent collaboration with the world’s largest publicly-traded company, Google. In his own words, Wolf announced that Temi has been assigned by Google to become the first ever robot to carry the Google Assistant.
This strategic collaboration between the two tech giants in the world comes a couple of months after Google announced that they will be partnering with LG, Lenovo, and Sony to bring its Google Assistant to devices with a screen. “Also,” Wolf added. “Google has put out a sizeable P.O. (processing order) on the Temi robot as well.”
Back in April, Amazon has also revealed plans of building its first home robot. Therefore, Temi’s partnership with Google serves as a direct competition to Amazon’s endeavor. When asked for his opinions about this competition, Wolf didn’t seem very fazed by their competitor’s ambitions – which, according to Bloomberg, is estimated to reach fruition as early as 2019.
“We are at least two years ahead in terms of technology and product development,” Wolf pointed out.
Tech Startup Essentials: Target Market and Data Security Plans
When queried about Temi’s target market, Wolf suggested that the first-wave adopters would be institutional buyers such as businesses and universities, who would buy the Temi robot for their offices and campuses respectively. The second-wave adopters would be the day-to-day consumers – families, day-care centres – who would buy the robot for their children and their household.
However, Wolf also emphasized Temi’s focus on the B2C aspect, as it is within their best interests to keep the cost per unit as affordable as possible. He also mentioned that Temi wishes to focus on the English- and Chinese-speaking market with their integration of both Google’s and Baidu’s Natural Language Processing (NLPs) systems.
Moreover, when it comes to the security of their customer’s data, Temi takes this matter rather seriously. By incorporating the industrial-standard technology used by various smartphones and smart home devices around the world, Temi promises to make the task of protecting their customers’ data their topmost priority. When asked if Temi had any plans of using blockchain technology to serve that purpose, Wolf shrugged.
“I don’t think so – blockchain technology is too expensive at the moment. Plus, we cannot risk our customer’s data with any immature technologies.”
Temi’s Market Size and P.O.s
As of today, Temi has received processing orders (P.O.) of around 100,000 units for the year of 2019, and has a monthly production capacity of 30,000 units in their factories in ShenZhen. Recently, they received a P.O. of 30,000 units from the largest distributor of iPhone in China, Aisidi, which is based in ShenZhen as well.
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