The Enabot Ebo Air – will this robot improve your life?

0

Do you need a companion robot? They are the ones who tell jokes, remind you to take your medications or allow you to communicate with family members who cannot come regularly. They’re not exactly replacing human interaction, but rather facilitating it, with a friendly, non-threatening face that doesn’t trigger that odd feeling of revulsion or unease.

I’m not quite sure I need or want one. With a full house, I usually try to find time away from everyone rather than adding more people who demand my attention. But the Enabot Ebo Air has its uses.

Thankfully lacking humanoid features, the Ebo Air looks more like a Sphero, but with extra tracks on the bottom to help it move around. It also has a small screen that flashes heart icons, a wifi symbol, or a photo icon.

If you have pets, for example, or children, the robot will be both entertainment and a way to keep in touch. And the company bills it as a mobile security camera, with night vision and high-definition recording to its built-in micro SD card that you can point around the house, likely looking for intruders, when you’re away from home. . or even outside the country thanks to its wifi connection.

It does all of this through the mobile app, which acts as a viewfinder for Ebo’s on-board camera, and lets you communicate with people or pets in your home.

If you’re a pet owner, this is a way for you to keep a close eye on your pet if you suddenly find yourself returning to the office. Obviously, it’s not a complete solution for those who are going to be away for eight hours straight, but you can peek in occasionally or play with your pet while you’re away. Dedicated pet mode means Ebo will roll out at regular intervals to play with your pet, ripping around the house with cute sound effects.

Since we don’t have any pets – other than fish, which is not Ebo’s target market – he has mostly served as a companion for my children. After an initial period of distrust, they found his antics hilarious and christened him “Bebop”.

Most young children don’t have very long attention spans unless you hang a YouTube series of videos of other people unboxing toys in front of them, so I wasn’t sure how long Ebo would keep them busy . I was pleasantly surprised. I used the pet settings, including the laser pointer feature which I assume is for cats, to keep them busy. As Ebo circled around our living room, circling, they found it hilarious for way longer than I thought.

It was also fun to take Ebo out while I was elsewhere in the house to catch a four-year-old trying to do a sneaky descent into the cookies. Because he is relatively quiet, the robot might sneak up on him and startle him. Plus, I could save the footage, which was higher quality than I thought, for future use.

Ebo can also track subjects, recognize humans and pets, and follow the one you select.

When Ebo runs out of energy, he walks back to the dock, mumbling “I’m going home to recharge” as he goes. When it can’t reach the dock, like all good robots, it will alert you through the mobile app and you can fix the problem. Sometimes that’s easier said than done, especially with the aforementioned four-year-old who has a mischievous streak a mile wide.

Places I’ve found Ebo include random toy chests in the playroom, a school backpack hanging on the back of the door, under sofa cushions in the living room, and once, memorably, in the refrigerator next to the milk. I swear the little heart shone with gratitude when I saved it from that one.

Good:

Pet animator, child companion and security camera: the Ebo Air has many uses. Strange notification from your alarm app? Not sure if you unplugged the iron? Sure you left the oven on? Send the robot to take a look. This, of course, works best in two scenarios: first, whether your home is open plan or you leave your doors open when you’re not home; and, second, that Ebo is already on the right floor because, like most robots, he doesn’t tackle stairs well.

It’s also sturdy and will use its sensors to avoid hitting obstacles in your home.

The worst :

You can have video calls with your loved ones, but they are one-way because they have no way of seeing you. Although he got himself out of most situations thanks to his ball form, when doing his own security patrols he sometimes got stuck or lost his way back. When it did, it triggered the “Ebo got lost and couldn’t find the charging stack” alert. It was one of the easiest alerts to decipher.

The rest:

The microSD card is included, but the device can support up to 256 GB of additional storage space.

The verdict:

A fun novelty, but not essential.

https://eu.enabot.com/

Share.

Comments are closed.