Temi: Your Personal Butler on Wheels

February 16, 2021

The personal service robot.

I had the chance to play around with Temi, which is a robot assistant on wheels. Temi also has Alexa built-in, which makes it easily compatible with all your smart home devices. What’s more, the various sensors and video communication features of Temi allow it to be one of the most mobile personal robots we’ve seen in a while.

While it doesn’t exactly look like a human, Temi has a main 10.9-inch LCD touchscreen placed on top of a body that sits on wheels. This allows you to summon the robot if you want something from it – utilizing 16 sensors, it can easily make its way through any obstacle and memorizes it as it maps out an area where it is being used so it can remember to avoid it the next time it is moving. Behind the screen is a tray to put drinks or food. It even has a Qi-based wireless charger for compatible devices.

It is somewhat of a personal butler since the onboard computer (powered by Android) can offer different details like news and weather as well as take images from the camera or even make video calls. You also have access to the Temi App Store so you can install additional apps. While Temi is designed to be a personal robot used for homes, it can also be fitted for use in different fields like retail, enterprise, hospitality, education, health care, and security. 

Despite its large size Temi was fairly easy to set up – even taking it out of the box was a breeze (it weighs around 12 kilograms) and after connecting it via Wi-Fi it was up and running in just a couple of minutes. Aside from the sensors, Temi also has four microphones so it can easily hear you whenever you call out to it. It also has LiDar, which it uses to map out its area and know if it is closing up on an obstacle. Its AI is also wise enough to know which parts of your home are fixed like the couch or the table, and know if an obstacle is something that can move away like a dog. Temi’s base is fairly stable, so it won’t be easily knocked down unless it’s with force.

Temi’s camera is also used for facial recognition so it can know if it’s you – this is useful when you put the robot in follow mode and will keep searching your face so it knows where you are. It’s admittedly quite fun seeing Temi follow you around, though my dog wasn’t really a big fan. 

It’s voice-activated as well, letting you say random commands with a ‘Hey Temi’ hot word. As mentioned, it is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, opening up a plethora of functionalities especially if you are using Amazon’s ecosystem. Support for Google Assistant would have been nice, considering that Temi runs on a customized version of Android. 

Temi also has a subwoofer below its body along with two midrange speakers and two tweeters. This means that you can use Temi as your personal party jukebox. Connecting via Bluetooth, Temi delivered deep bass and excellent sound output which I believe can liven up any party.

Temi can also utilize video calls, but the person you are calling must have the Temi installed on their devices. This extra step might be a hassle, but once connected you can freely talk to your friends and family through Temi. If you’re on vacation, you can also use Temi as a home security camera where you can view the video feed through an app.

In terms of privacy, Temi’s makers said that any information like videos and photos will be shared online or will not be secretly recording you when it is docked. We may have to take their word for it, though I had to face Temi the other way and unplug the dock at night just to be sure.

Temi’s capabilities still aren’t perfect, but it does give you a preview of how robots will be utilized in different scenarios. While I’m personally still not ready to have my own robot butler, I did enjoy my time with Temi.

Temi is now available in the UAE through Jacky’s Business Solutions.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for www.T3ME.com which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.