We’re starting to see voice assistants in speakers, TVs, homes, appliances and many other devices. It was only a matter of time before they made the jump to vehicles. It makes a lot of sense, after all, as AI assistants allow for true hands-free support. You can keep your hands on the wheel and bark out orders to the assistant.
That’s exactly the idea behind ROBOQI, which is being hailed as the “world’s first” AI-powered wireless car mount.
What is ROBOQI 2.0?
ROBOQI’s arms will automatically squeeze in to secure the phone.
ROBOQI 2.0 is essentially a hands-free car mount with a twist. It syncs up with your mobile device via Bluetooth and FM to control a variety of functions. For example, it can control music, maps, calls, messages, emails and a variety of apps. That allows you to dish out voice commands to Alexa, leaving your hands at nine and three.
The mount has a snap-and-go automatic locking function with arms that squeeze to secure the connected phone. But there’s a wireless charger built-in too so when your phone is mounted and in use it’s not draining the battery.
The Alexa support means that you also gain access to more than 50,000 skills. If you’ve ever used an Echo or Alexa-powered device then you’re already familiar with “skills,” a sort of add-on that allows the assistant to interact with new apps and services. There are skills for all the popular services including Amazon Music, Spotify, Audible, NPR, Nest, Z-Wave and many more.
Alexa can tell jokes, answer questions and play tons of different media.
The skills also mean that you can use ROBOQI — by proxy, Alexa — to control smart devices. For instance, you can open your garage door when you get home using your voice. Turn on your house lights or set the AC to a more comfortable level. It doesn’t seem like much, but when you pull in your driveway and enter your home things are essentially all ready for you.
Furthermore, inside the mount are two high-performance mics specifically used in tandem to eliminate background noise. That way when you answer or place calls your contacts aren’t getting any weird feedback and they can also hear you better.
Where Can I Get It?
The rear microphone is used for noise cancellation and feedback suppression.
To get the project funded, InvisibleTech turned to Kickstarter. The good news, however, is that the campaign has already been successful with over $50,000 raised. That’s way beyond the initial $5,000 funding goal the campaign was aiming for. If you pre-order through Kickstarter you can get a single ROBOQI 2.0 Alexa Lite mount for $44, which will retail for about $69 later. The first shipments are expected to go out to backers sometime in July 2019. The ROBOQI 2.0 wireless mount should be available for everyone else shortly after, if things go as planned.