Personalized home AI assistant Olly has been named as CES Innovation Awards 2017 in four categories, including Home Appliances, Smart Home, Home Audio/Video Components and Accessories and Drones and Unmanned Systems.
According to the company behind Olly, Emotech, Olly Robot is the first start-up product that to be named across four categories at the CES Innovation Awards.
Olly functions similarly like Amazon Echo or Google Home. The user can ask information with voice commands, control other home connected devices or simply play music from its speaker.
What makes Olly different from the others, according to the company, is that every user’s Olly would become unique and personalized through time. With the built-in AI and machine learning technologies, Olly learns the user’s behavior and habits. For example, as the user arrives home after work, Olly will play a relaxing song automatically before the user even say ‘Hey Olly, play me some music.’
How long does the robot take to learn the user’s habit depends on how often the routines, according to the company. If something happens once a week, it might take several weeks for Olly to learn the preferences.
As Olly was first revealed back in 2015, the company designed an animated eyeball on the lamp-shaped device, to blink eyes or to look at the users as they speak. One year later today, the company has cancelled the eyeball design and Olly has evolved as a donut-like speaker that gives 360-degree audio performance.
In August 2016, London-based Emotech has said to close a more than $10 million Series A funding to further develop Olly. The product is said to be officially announced early next year.
Smart home speaker market has been getting crowded. Companies, such as Amazon, Google, Apple and some small-scaled startups, are lining up to promote AI assistant product to the consumers. There will be foreseen challenges for Olly to differentiate itself from other products and gain attentions from the customers
“Smart homes are coming with the ultimate center piece being a hands-free voice activated device that seamlessly interacts with the wave of services and apps that will be powering these smart homes. Olly delivers all of the above, and goes one step further by learning about the idiosyncrasies of its users to develop its own personality,” said Chelsea Chen, co-founder of Emotech, in a statement.