Boise, ID – March 30, 2016
In the BSU Tecenter in Nampa, ID, Slant Concepts is developing a robotic butler, named Jerry. Its a real-life Rosie-the-Robot that will clear tables and grab your dirty clothes.
“If you want a home robot today you have to settle for a single-purpose, smartphone-on-a-stand appliance,” stated Slant founder, Gabe Bentz, “What everyone imagines as a home robot costs 50-250 thousand dollars. Jerry is going to reduce that cost to around $2,500 dollars but still have similar capabilities.”
Jerry looks like a cabinet with eyes. He is made almost entirely of wood . An arm extends from storage, inside of the robot, and is able to reach over kitchen counters or down to the floor to grab almost anything. In order to keep the cost down, Jerry uses mechanical tricks to replace expensive motors and relies entirely on his camera eyes to see the world.
When fully-developed Jerry will be able to interface with smart-devices, serving as a hub for your house. But he will also have the ability to perform useful manual tasks in the house that have before been impossible for consumer robots. He may use a swiffer broom to sweep the floor or drag your clothes to the laundry machine, or just go to the fridge and get a soda. Jerry will be the first consumer robot to have those capabilities.
Slant is currently finalizing the prototype for Jerry. Bentz expects a hobby and educational version will be ready by the fall of 2016 to allow developers to create more software and apps for the robot. Jerrys will be rolling into houses in under two years.
5465 Terra Linda Dr.
Nampa, ID 83687