Kuri, the home robot that wants to be more companion and less Roomba, has begun shipping out to customers. Kuri creator Mayfield Robotics, a Bosch-owned startup, revealed that its initial shipments have gone out via FedEx – which means it technically met its goal of beginning to ship the photogenic little friend bots prior to the end of 2017, if only just.Kuri was originally unveiled almost a year ago at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and it’s been steadily getting smarter and closer to production-ready status since then, with regular updates from the roboticists at Mayfield, who wanted to create a domestic robot that wasn’t just functional, but that would be welcomed in as a virtual member of the family.The little robot features touch sensors, expressive eyes with a built-in camera and live-streaming capabilities, the ability to communicate via onboard speakers, microphones and gestural motion actuators, obstacle avoidance smarts and wheels that can handle room crossing from one room into another, as well as multiple types of floors and carpets.Kuri’s designed to autonomously navigate the house, learn over time, automatically capture special moments, play back music, audiobooks and podcasts, and generally be a pal around the house. It’s a novel and daring approach to bringing robotics into the domestic sphere – especially given its $700 price tag. Mayfield seems to be enjoying healthy interest, however; the queue is currently set to deliver sometime next spring for reservations made today.
Dallas, Texas – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineWhile Cowboys Stadium may have failed to break the Super Bowl attendance record, Million Air Dallas succeeded in a record number of flight arrivals and departures throughout the course of the weekend – Thursday, February 3 -Monday, February 7.Record numbers of 195 arrivals and 106,000 total gallons of fuel pumped were partly a result of bizarre winter storms that dumped snow on the ill-equipped city, causing both Dallas Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth Airports to shut down completely on Friday morning. Airline cancellations topped 20,000. The alternate airport of choice quickly became Addison Airport (ADS), home of Million Air Dallas, a mere eight miles to the north.Thanks to the support of its sister locations, Million Air Dallas was equipped for the winter storm conditions and record traffic. Million Air Salt Lake provided a much-needed de-ice truck, which was a primary reason why aircraft chose to fly into ADS. Employee volunteers traveled from Houston, San Antonio and Salt Lake City to service the influx of customers.Pilots who awaited their passengers were treated to a party of their own on Sunday night. Million Air Dallas enhanced its upstairs lounge with additional couches and big screen televisions donated by Rent-A-Center, and offered a catered meal from Cantino Laredo, sponsored by AVFUEL.Million Air Dallas also set up an official NFL store where arriving and departing passengers conveniently purchased souvenir Super Bowl items.www.millionair.com