A spherical, cargo robot that carries up to 40 pounds while trailing behind its owner can be yours for just $3,250.
Vespa scooter maker has unveiled a redesign of its personal robot called Gita, which aims to free its human's hands so they can engage with others and enjoy activities.
The ball-like machine stands about 26 inches and uses vision sensors to follow you -- and it will be available to the public next month.
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A spherical, cargo robot that carries up to 40 pounds while trailing behind its owner can be yours for just $3,250. Vespa scooter maker has unveiled a redesign of its personal robot called Gita, which aims to free its human's hands so they can engage with others and enjoy activities
Instead of deciding to use an automobile or truck to transport to lug packages and other goods , Piaggio Fast Forward, the creating firm, wants to help people walk, run, pedal and skate through life with the assistance of a family of vehicles like Gita.
The firm describes Gita as 'an intelligent and nimble cargo vehicle designed and engineered with the same attention to safety, braking, balancing and vehicle dynamics that you would expect of a high-performance motorcycle.'
Users simply unlock the top lid and place anything from groceries to laundry inside of the machine.
It follows a human operator by linking up to a white belt with sensors that the user wears.
Once it has traveled through the environment, it is able refer back to that specific map - allowing it to take the journey autonomously.
Users can also establish waypoints in the map, which Gita will stop at while it travels on its own and uses cameras and an ultrasonic range-finding system to 'see' and avoid obstacles in its way.
The blue ball-like machine stands about 26 inches (66 cm) tall, can carry 40lbs (18 kg) and travels up to 22 mph (35 km/h).
Gita, pronounced 'jee-ta', which means 'short trip in Italian', is an intelligent vehicle with a communicative personality – making it the perfect travel buddy.
'PFF may be a robotics company, but we're focused on revitalizing everyday human movement and social interconnections,' said Jeffrey Schnapp, Chief Visionary Officer and Co-founder at PFF.
'By prioritizing healthy activity and social interaction, PFF is carving out a new category within the field of robotics: technology that moves the way people move and that augments human experiences rather than replacing or stifling them.'
'With gita in tow, people are free to put down their screens, get moving and reconnect with the truly precious 'cargo' that shapes their lives: their partners, kids and friends.'
Gita will be available on November 18, 2019 for a retail price of $3,250.
The robot was first unveiled in 2017, but has since been redesigned with a more modern look – but still has the same concept.
The firm did reduce the speed at with the cargo