Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Bring AI-Based Robots into the Home in New “Generation Robot” Video

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SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mouser
Electronics
Inc., the authorized global distributor with the newest
semiconductors and electronic components, and celebrity engineer Grant
Imahara, today released the final video episode in the Generation
Robot
series, part of Mouser’s award-winning Empowering
Innovation Together
™ program.

In the newest video,
Imahara travels to San Francisco to visit with Dr. Mark Palatucci,
co-founder of Anki — creators of revolutionary home robot Vector. Unlike
stationary voice-controlled assistants, the fully autonomous,
cloud-connected, and always-on Vector incorporates the latest in facial
recognition software and artificial intelligence (AI) technology to
learn users’ habits and mannerisms, becoming a robot companion. The
Generation Robot series is sponsored by Mouser’s valued suppliers Analog
Devices
, Intel®,
Microchip
Technology
and Molex.

The Generation Robot series has explored how robots work in
manufacturing applications, service industries, and places too dangerous
or remote for humans to go — robots working for humans. In the
new video, Imahara and Palatucci discuss how robots like Vector interact with
humans, integrating both IQ and emotional intelligence to bring
personality to the consumer robot world.

“The highest order of innovation in robotics is true artificial
intelligence where robots can think on their own,” said Glenn Smith,
President and CEO of Mouser Electronics. “We are now watching this
technology jump from the labs and into our homes.”

“In this amazing series, we’ve seen how we are truly in ‘Generation
Robot,’ where we live and work right beside robots every day. But the
bigger question is what the future really holds as they become smarter,
independent thinkers on their own — we’ll just have to wait and see,”
added Imahara.

Since 2015, Mouser’s Empowering Innovation Together program has been one
of the most visible and recognized programs in the electronic component
industry, featuring projects ranging from 3D printing objects in space
to the amazing benefits of technologies that are Shaping
Smarter Cities
. For 2018, Mouser’s goal is to reach even more
innovators around the globe with the Empowering Innovation Together
program through the focus of how robots impact humanity.

To learn more about this and all of Mouser’s Empowering Innovation
Together series, visit www.mouser.com/empowering-innovation
and follow Mouser on Facebook
and Twitter.
To watch the new video, go to https://youtu.be/FqK3oqlM3K8.

About Mouser Electronics

Mouser Electronics, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is an award-winning,
authorized semiconductor and electronic component distributor focused on
rapid New Product Introductions from its manufacturing partners for
electronic design engineers and buyers. The global distributor’s
website, Mouser.com, is available in multiple languages and currencies
and features more than 5 million products from over 700 manufacturers.
Mouser offers 23 support locations around the world to provide
best-in-class customer service and ships globally to over 600,000
customers in more than 220 countries/territories from its 750,000 sq.
ft. state-of-the-art facility south of Dallas, Texas. For more
information, visit www.mouser.com.

About Grant Imahara

Well known in the engineering community, Grant Imahara has paired his
engineering expertise with a successful TV and film career. In addition
to his roles on MythBusters and BattleBots, Imahara has
worked on many famous robotic characters, including R2-D2 from Star
Wars
, the talking robot skeleton sidekick Geoff Peterson from The
Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
, and the Energizer Bunny.

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Electronics, Inc. All other products, logos, and company names mentioned
herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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