We are seriously excited
to present our project to you: Shimi, the first musically intelligent robotic
speaker dock. Shimi is a real robot with artificial intelligence that analyzes
music it plays through his speaker-ears and generates real-time unique dance
moves to bring the music to life in a fun, cute way.
And Shimi can do so much more! In addition to jamming out to the latest hits, Shimi can also use smartphone apps to extend his features. Imaging using Shimi to host your party and automatically upload pics and video to Facebook, or jamming with Shimi as he creates unique musical improvisations with you. Once your smartphone is connected to Shimi, the possibilities are limitless!
The press raves
We showed our Android-based Shimi prototype at the Google I/O conference this June and received some great reviews from the press. From “I gotta have one” (Gizmodo) to “Jaw-Dropping” (The Next Web), “amazes audience” (TechCrunch) and “believe what you just saw” (Mashable), we were pretty happy with what the blogosphere thought about Shimi, but more importantly, what do YOU think?
TechCrunch - "Launching at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, Tovbot is one the coolest robots you'll see today."
Discovery.com - "Shimi is an intelligent, interactive, music-loving robot that serves as both a premium speaker system and dance partner. And it's downright amazing."
Engadget - "Shimi iPhone robot is ready to dance its way out of the lab, into your heart."
Digital Trends - "Shimi, the intelligent musical companion you'll want as your personal DJ."
TUAW - "Shimi is quite advanced, and won me over after watching the demo video."
CNET News - "Want to fulfill your dream of having robots in your home? Start with a robot that uses the cloud and smartphone voice commands to play music."
Shimi is your own personal robot DJ
First of all, Shimi is a
high-quality speaker dock. And because we love music as much as you do, we
packed Shimi (rhymes with "Jimmy") with high quality 6 Watt speakers
and optimized his shape for best sound quality. But that’s just the beginning. Shimi
doesn’t just play music, but actually uses your iPhone as his brain to become
your own personal robotic musical companion. Not only does Shimi love to move
to the music, but he knows and understands what moves you.
Shimi can dance
Shimi has five motors strategically placed, and will dance to the beat
of any song using a rich variety of dance moves that fit the specific song and
genre. We packed years of our research in expressive robotic movement into an
app that makes Shimi groove like nobody’s business.
Shimi can follow you
Using face recognition
software, Shimi will always know where you are in the room and point the
speakers to you. No matter where you are, Shimi will always deliver the best
stereo sound to you.
Shimi can listen
Shimi uses natural
language processing to understand and respond to your musical (and other)
requests. Shim also uses sophisticated music intelligence algorithms to
understand and respond to your rythmic taps and claps and select music with the
same rhythm and tempo.
Shimi is more than just what we can imagine
We will keep developing
new applications for Shimi. We are already working on applications that will
allow Shimi to respond to your facial expression, learn your musical tastes,
and recommend new music to you. Expect apps for gaming, education, music
making, tele-presence and more, very soon. We are also developing an API to let
third-party developers make apps for Shimi.
How you can help
We are a team of
roboticists from Georgia Tech, IDC, and the MIT Media Lab, working together for
several years in academic settings. We have managed to put together a rockin’
prototype that knocks everyone we show it to off their feet. Even after
thousands of hours of developing and demoing Shimi, we still can’t help bobbing
our heads and smiling when Shimi starts moving.
In order to be able to
share the magic of musical robots with the world, we need to make this
prototype into a real product that can be manufactured for a reasonable price.
Specifically, we are now
Move from the Android-based
prototype to the iPhone platform (don't worry, for you Android lovers, we'll
launch an Anrdoid version as well)
components for low cost and durability
Create tooling and
parts to mass produce Shimi
We also want to know if
there are enough people out there who want one at home as much as we do.
For that we need your
help: if you back our project at the $149 reward level, you will receive one of
the first commercially available Shimi robots at a price well below our
expected retail price.
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