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Patin: The Open Source, Customizable Home Robot

Patin's lighting and planing units hook into a rolling, artificially-intelligent base (right). Photo courtesy of Flower Robotics.
Patin’s lighting and planing units hook into a rolling, artificially-intelligent base (right). Photo courtesy of Flower Robotics.

Flower Robotics of Japan is developing an artificially intelligent robot called Patin, which features swappable components. With the lighting component, for example, the robot can analyze conditions near humans and move to the ideal location to create optimal lighting.

A concept video of Patin also shows the “planting service unit” which appears to monitor conditions in an enclosed planter and water the plant. The robot is also able to connect to the cloud to access data regarding the owner and use that to inform its decisions. By accessing other smart appliances in the home, the robot could remind the owner of appointments, for example.

Named after the French word for skating, Patin slides around smoothly on omni-directional wheels. And really, this robot is all about the open-source base. Flower Robotics envisions other companies developing their own components to sit on top, enabling a wide range of services.

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