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

October 3, 2018 – 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 DevicesIntel®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.

With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser strives to empower innovation among design engineers and buyers by delivering advanced technologies. Mouser stocks the world’s widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects. Mouser Electronics’ website is continually updated and offers advanced search methods to help customers quickly locate inventory. Mouser.com also houses data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.

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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