THIS IS FURHAT
The way we interact with technology today is fundamentally different from the way we humans interact with each other. Today, we use phones, tablets, and laptops, and click on buttons, menus and windows. We use a keyboard and a mouse to transfer our requests to machines. To date, there is no interface that can fill that gap where computers are able to interact with humans on human terms.
Furhat is a research breakthrough and an innovation driven with that vision to build a human-like interface with social intelligence. An interface with personality and intention. An interface that understands the human social protocol, language, gesture, and dynamics. An interface that is built from the bottom up on computational models of engagement, group dynamics, joint-attention, and with social intentions. We believe such interface is the next revolution in human-computer interaction, an interface that disrupts the way we engage and interact with information, and can have critical social impact in many verticals in education, healthcare, therapy, entertainment, and any situation where social skills are needed.
Furhat is about understanding how to make machines come to life. No one who’s met Furhat has been left untouched. Furhat brings the world’s most recent advancements in sensory and cloud services together to build a machine that appears alive.
Building Furhat requires a complete rethinking of computation from the ground up, and re-imagining the role computers can play with humans. This is Furhat, a robot with a character and a personality, a platform to build socially aware spoken conversations with computers.
Furhat’s software is unique. Furhat runs on Furhat OS, an operating system and a programming platform that are built up on the principles of human behavior as their building blocks. Furhat comes with APIs that allows developers and researchers to connect it to third-party software, cloud services, and intelligent sensors.
Furhat OS is available today with an SDK, support for a large set of the world’s most popular sensors, and AI APIs, including speech recognition, speech synthesis, and person tracking.
Furhat OS comes with support for several video and depth cameras, including Kinect. Modules for body and face tracking, joint-attention, and multimodal processing are included and ready for use in application development
Furhat is the most expressive robot head in the world. Using computer animation allows for very high quality and great customization and expansion of Furhat’s repertoire of facial gestures and face animation models.
Furhat today comes with no embedded sensors, but with support for a large set of peripherals to be attached to the system, including game consoles, depth cameras, microphone arrays, and RFID and Ultrasound sensors.
Furhat’s SDK comes with a wide range of modules for speech recognition and speech synthesis systems, supporting a wide range of languages. Furhat’s early adopters are utilising English, Swedish, Japanese, German and Turkish, to count a few.
Furhat is a platform for developers to build social interactions with Furhat. The Furhat SDK is open source and supports a wide range of modules, with APIs to easily integrate third-party systems and sensors seamlessly into Furhat’s conversations.
While we build Furhat, we put extreme focus on making Furhat work out of the box, with a very fast learning curve. The platform comes with tutorials and manuals.