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Furrion parts the seas with AI-powered "world's smartest yacht"

Furrion parts the seas with AI...
Furrion says the Adonis is the first yacht to ever be displayed at CES
Furrion says the Adonis is the first yacht to ever be displayed at CES
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Staring straight at the Furrion Adonis smart yacht
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Staring straight at the Furrion Adonis smart yacht
Furrion says the Adonis is the first yacht to ever be displayed at CES
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Furrion says the Adonis is the first yacht to ever be displayed at CES
Needless to say, the Furrion Adonis catches one's attention when walking by
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Needless to say, the Furrion Adonis catches one's attention when walking by
The first thing you see when walking up the steps to the Adonis deck is a cozy hot tub
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The first thing you see when walking up the steps to the Adonis deck is a cozy hot tub
Narrow walkways connect the bow and stern
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Narrow walkways connect the bow and stern
A relaxing foredeck on the Furrion Adonis
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A relaxing foredeck on the Furrion Adonis
Foredeck lounge seating
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Foredeck lounge seating
Dining area
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Dining area
Stepping inside the Furrion Adonis
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Stepping inside the Furrion Adonis
Being more accustomed to checking out motorhome interiors, we at first wondered where the cooktop and sink were before realizing the Adonis has a full galley below deck and this is just a drink cooler area
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Being more accustomed to checking out motorhome interiors, we at first wondered where the cooktop and sink were before realizing the Adonis has a full galley below deck and this is just a drink cooler area
Spiral staircase down to the galley
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Spiral staircase down to the galley
The Adonis doesn't want for drink space
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The Adonis doesn't want for drink space
More fridge drawer space
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More fridge drawer space
A look at the main cabin area
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A look at the main cabin area
Furrion Sense TV and A/V hardware
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Furrion Sense TV and A/V hardware
At the helm
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At the helm
Controller display in the cockpit
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Controller display in the cockpit
Looking down toward the bedrooms 
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Looking down toward the bedrooms 
The master suite includes a large Smart Mirror 
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The master suite includes a large Smart Mirror 
Second Angel Smart Mirror in the master suite
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Second Angel Smart Mirror in the master suite
If two Smart Mirrors aren't enough, the master suite also has touchscreen displays on both sides of the bed
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If two Smart Mirrors aren't enough, the master suite also has touchscreen displays on both sides of the bed
Master bed
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Master bed
A look at the his/hers sinks in the master suite
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A look at the his/hers sinks in the master suite
Even the shower has some digital tech
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Even the shower has some digital tech
Furrion Angel comes to life on the master suite Smart Mirror
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Furrion Angel comes to life on the master suite Smart Mirror
This little speaker/controller provides voice recognition, but it was a little slow and glitchy when we watched it in use
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This little speaker/controller provides voice recognition, but it was a little slow and glitchy when we watched it in use
Bunk room
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Bunk room
Bunk room bath
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Bunk room bath
Bunk room bath
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Bunk room bath
Playing music via voice control or touch via the yacht-wide Angel ecosystem
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Playing music via voice control or touch via the yacht-wide Angel ecosystem
Wherever you are on board, it's easy to check your course and other information
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Wherever you are on board, it's easy to check your course and other information
Second bunk room
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Second bunk room
The bunk rooms aren't as fancy as the larger bedrooms, but they still have Smart Mirror tech
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The bunk rooms aren't as fancy as the larger bedrooms, but they still have Smart Mirror tech
Calling up the news on the Angel-powered Smart Mirror
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Calling up the news on the Angel-powered Smart Mirror
His and her smart mirrors in the second bedroom
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His and her smart mirrors in the second bedroom
Bathroom on board the Furrion Adonis
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Bathroom on board the Furrion Adonis
Placing a dinner order "fireside" using Furrion's Angel system
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Placing a dinner order "fireside" using Furrion's Angel system
Further information on the Angel-based Smart Mirror
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Further information on the Angel-based Smart Mirror
Inside the chef's galley aboard the Furrion Adonis yacht
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Inside the chef's galley aboard the Furrion Adonis yacht
Inside the chef's galley aboard the Furrion Adonis yacht
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Inside the chef's galley aboard the Furrion Adonis yacht
Large refrigerator with built-in wine/spirits compartment
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Large refrigerator with built-in wine/spirits compartment
Furrion Adonis galley
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Furrion Adonis galley
Along with the Angel hardware and software, Furrion also packs in its own kitchen appliances
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Along with the Angel hardware and software, Furrion also packs in its own kitchen appliances
Furrion reveals the Adonis at CES 2019
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Furrion reveals the Adonis at CES 2019
We didn't think it polite to jump in the hot tub, but after a long day walking CES, it was certainly tempting
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We didn't think it polite to jump in the hot tub, but after a long day walking CES, it was certainly tempting
Descending the red carpet off the high-tech and luxurious Furrion Adonis - back to CES as usual
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Descending the red carpet off the high-tech and luxurious Furrion Adonis - back to CES as usual
Aside from maybe the Bell Nexus, the Furrion Adonis is probably the most visually impressive vehicle on show at CES
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Aside from maybe the Bell Nexus, the Furrion Adonis is probably the most visually impressive vehicle on show at CES
The Adonis includes an Angel-controlled security/photo drone
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The Adonis includes an Angel-controlled security/photo drone
At the helm of the Furrion Adonis
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At the helm of the Furrion Adonis
Voice control is managed via small speakers located around the Adonis yacht
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Voice control is managed via small speakers located around the Adonis yacht
Furrion has integrated its Sense TV with built-in sound into the Angel system
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Furrion has integrated its Sense TV with built-in sound into the Angel system
The Angel system uses facial recognition to learn and adapt settings and recommendations
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The Angel system uses facial recognition to learn and adapt settings and recommendations
Inside the main cabin area of the Furrion Adonis
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Inside the main cabin area of the Furrion Adonis
We'd have had a hell of a time getting that particular profile angle - it must be nice to have access before/after the crowds!
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We'd have had a hell of a time getting that particular profile angle - it must be nice to have access before/after the crowds!
Master bedroom loaded with smart tech
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Master bedroom loaded with smart tech
At the helm
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At the helm

The Nevada desert is not the place you'd expect to find the world's most intelligent yacht, but that's exactly where she's docked right now. The first ever yacht to appear at CES, the US$5 million Furrion Adonis provides luxury and convenience above and beyond other yachts and superyachts, relying on a comprehensive onboard AI system called "Angel." With facial recognition, voice control, smart mirrors and touch displays scattered throughout the vessel, Angel makes a luxurious ocean vacation that much more personalized and spectacular.

The Adonis is a 78-foot (24-m) Numarine yacht at its core, but the luxury mobile living experts at Hong Kong-headquartered Furrion have customized it well above and beyond basic form, creating an intelligent showcase of marine-grade components and technologies, including the all-new Angel system that's still under development. Like the Limitless and Elysium RVs that came before it, the Adonis is a concept and living product display, not a forthcoming production model.

The highlight of the Adonis build is Angel, an Alexa-like personal assistant designed specifically for life on the move, whether at sea or on land. The system brings together a variety of smart features and information, all accessible the minute you say "Hi Angel" within range of one of the voice-control speakers sprinkled throughout the boat. From there, Angel can deliver news, social media updates, weather and other information, play music in a single room or over the entire yacht-wide Furrion sound system, or even send a meal order to the galley (we reckon you'll want to have a chef manning the galley if you expect the order fulfilled).

His and her smart mirrors in the second bedroom
His and her smart mirrors in the second bedroom

Beyond voice, the Angel system is accessible via smart mirrors in the bedrooms. What looks like an unassuming mirror at first becomes an interactive display when you touch it or prompt Angel to wake up. The smart display then works as a touchscreen, and can display information like news, web searches, yacht systems data, course maps, and even TV shows and movies. Smaller touchscreen control tablets bring Angel to rooms and corners that lack dedicated smart mirrors, ensuring that everything you need is always at arm's length.

More than just a reactive system, Angel uses facial recognition to learn individual preferences and whims so it can automatically adjust settings like temperature, blind opening/closing, and music around each person on board the yacht. It also extends those capabilities beyond the ship deck, suggesting activities, restaurants and sites at stops along the journey. It can even make reservations, place orders and otherwise serve as an extra mind and set of hands. To access facial recognition, one simply stands in front of a smart mirror, allowing Angel to read his or her face and even offer health analysis on things like weight and skin complexion.

The Adonis includes an Angel-controlled security/photo drone
The Adonis includes an Angel-controlled security/photo drone

Angel is also tasked with security, capable of controlling and monitoring all onboard cameras. A drone docked on the top deck beefs security up further, and Angel can deploy it to give a bird's eye view of the vessel, helping to better identify threats and breaches. The drone can also be used recreationally, capturing photos of the surroundings and passengers.

A final component of the Angel system is Furrion's Sense TV, a slim HD unit with built-in sound bar and anti-vibration technology eating up the ebb and flow of the sea. This TV serves as an extra screen for the Angel system and can of course play content, with or without Angel's help.

Inside the main cabin area of the Furrion Adonis
Inside the main cabin area of the Furrion Adonis

At CES, we put our little blue yacht booties on and stepped aboard the Adonis for a closer look. The Angel system is still a work in progress and wasn't without glitches (it seemed to require you to get really close to the ceiling-mounted speaker-microphone and, in some cases, took a few tries to fire up), but it's easy to see how it will greatly streamline the future of at-sea travel and living. If Furrion increases the voice pick-up sensitivity, for instance, you could order up breakfast, get the morning news and put on some music or TV, all without leaving bed in the morning.

Seeing that it's designed for a mobile environment that can travel the world, Angel can work online or off. The system pulls and stores necessary information and operates on a closed network when offline to ensure uninterrupted operation, then automatically updates and syncs when back online.

We didn't think it polite to jump in the hot tub, but after a long day walking CES, it was certainly tempting
We didn't think it polite to jump in the hot tub, but after a long day walking CES, it was certainly tempting

Furrion hopes to have Angel market-ready by the end of 2019. From there, it intends to continue growing and evolving the system, adding new features and enhancing old ones. Beyond yachts, it sees Angel finding use in motorhome and travel trailer design, another area of expertise for a company that has US headquarters in the world RV capital of Elkhart, Indiana. It also intends to offer the system for residential use.

You can learn more about the Angel system in the first video below, and see more of the Adonis yacht in the second video and in our full photo gallery from CES.

Furrion Angel: A Virtual Concierge

Furrion Adonis

Source: Furrion

5 comments
paul314
If it can replace even one crewmember on a yacht, the value added is probably in the millions
guzmanchinky
Impressive. But what I can't wait for is the electric yacht that's powered by a small fusion reactor, and has a stabilization system onboard. Limitless travel (on autopilot) and limitless water, heat and a/c and no rolling and rocking. That would be paradise to live on.
Aross
Another useless toy for the infamous overly and disgustingly rich while the rest of the world starves in poverty.
jerryd
This will require 2 people to keep it running and the electronics will be obsolete in just 3 yrs, just not smart. Keep the yacht running completely separate from other electronics and simple, reliable. KISS A far smart would be a 40' cat or 50' tri solar powered yacht costing 50% while having the same room and no fuel bills and much more reliable. I hope in the next yr to be moving on my 40' tri version as that has too much room for me.
The Bishop of D
This is a rich man's toy. It will probably never be taken offshore beyond the sight of land.