Peeqo, the open source personal assistant that responds with GIFs

Small and compact, it comes with microphones, speakers and a small monitor through which it interacts with the people in front of it. It is completely open source

For some time now, personal assistants with artificial intelligence - the various Siri, Google Now and Cortana, just to name a few - have been moving away from smartphones to "take possession" of the smart home. This has led to the creation of Amazon Alexa and Google Home, personal assistants capable of managing the various Internet of Things devices in the home.

Capable of perfectly understanding human language and giving answers to questions asked, these two smart speakers represent the future of the home automation system. This, however, does not mean that the two mentioned are the only ones on the market. More importantly, artificial intelligence assistants for the smart home don't necessarily have to talk. Take Peeqo, a do-it-yourself project born on the pages of Reddit and created by robotics enthusiast Abhishek Singh: it can interact with human users and make itself understood by them simply by using GIFs, the animated images that are taking over Facebook and instant messaging apps.

How Peeqo works

Similar in shape and size to the two assistants Amazon and Google, Peeqo is equipped with microphones, speakers and a monitor through which to communicate and interact with people. The small artificial intelligence robot activates as soon as it hears its own name (in the style of "Hey Siri" or "Hey Google" to be clear) and is able to manage a Spotify account thanks to a plugin developed by Singh himself. All’interno del dispositivo, oltre a tutta la componentistica necessaria al suo funzionamento, trovano spazio anche un esoscheletro e dei piccoli motori elettrici che simulano il movimento umano: in questo modo Peeqo è in grado di segnalare che è attivo e attende una nostra domanda o un nostro comando.

Chiunque può creare il suo Peeqo

L’aspetto forse più interessante dell’intero progetto di Abhishek Singh, però, è il suo essere completamente open source. Chiunque, infatti, può scaricare e modificare i file per migliorarne il design e utilizzarli per la stampa in 3D o aggiungere altre schede di controllo interne così da aumentare le funzionalità del piccolo assistente personale a intelligenza artificiale.

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