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KODA Robot Dog
Winner - Bronze
Designer: Dan Harden - CEO and Principal Designer
Design Type: Consumer goods, appliances
Company / Organization / School: Whipsaw
Team Members: Dan Harden, Wei Gu & Akifusa Nakazawa
KODA is an advanced robot dog that is used as a family companion, documentarian, or a guard dog to patrol a property. It has four 3-dimensional surround-view cameras and 14 motors, including the neck and tail, which gives it dog-like gestural qualities. KODA can run two meters a second, climb stairs, and respond to and learn from every environmental condition due to its advanced AI machine-learning and internal 11 teraflop processor. Each KODA is connected to a blockchain network used to share and optimize data among the pack, so every KODA gets smarter over time. KODA’s AI allows it to respond to its owner’s voice commands and emotional state, whether sad, happy, or excited. Its design demonstrates a good balance between a friendly labrador and a slightly intimidating doberman to fit its many purposes.