Buddy is designed as a friendly companion around the house which acts as a personal assistant, patrols your home whilst you’re away, answers calls, plays with your child and communicates with you.
It is build on an open-source technology platform using tools such as OpenCV and Unity3D to enable developers to build new software applications and hardware for it. Buddy runs on the Android operation system. Jean-Michel Mourier, CTO of Blue Frog Robotics, confirms:
“About 80% of Buddy will be open source. Today, all of the major components are open source: the brain of the robot, which controls navigation, facial expressions, object and voice recognition, interfaces that control interactions, learning, making connections as well as domotics. In addition, elements of BUDDY’s mechanics are open so that developers can build accessories.”
Blue Frog Robotics SDK for Buddy
He adds that in order to make Buddy less intimidating, the company steered clear of using a human face and instead gave it a cuter appearance. A classic Buddy currently sells on IndieGoGo for $649 with additional editions available.
Buddy Classic Edition
Blue Frog Robotics further announced preliminary testing of Buddy with the Institute for Children with Autism (OASIS IME). Due to its friendly appearance the robot is a great companion for kids with special needs.