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Olive is a home voice assistant you can actually look in the eye! Animatronic features allow her to have a real presence in your home!

Toward a More Personal Assistant
Voice technology surrounds us everywhere, listening from our phones, computers, or even our remote controls.

Unfortunately, they lack a critical element that I believe is essential for a home automation assistant: an actual presence.

Additionally, most personal assistant technologies rely on the cloud to function. Is it really a “personal” assistant if it requires constant connectivity and data transfer to an external system?

In the following guide, I will demonstrate the Olive Personal Assistant, built with the goal of realizing both presence and privacy.

Designing for Expressiveness
They say that the eyes are the window to the soul, and I think for robots this is especially true. In a robot, the eyes are one of the few places where intent and mood can be truly expressed.”

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