Asus has unveiled a moving, talking, artificially intelligent robot for $599.
(CCM) — On Monday, Asus unveiled a new home robotic assistant, called Zenbo. Revealed at Computex 2016 in Taipei, Zenbo is an anthropomorphized semi-autonomous robot that can perform a variety of tasks. Along with its robust connection to IoT (Internet of Things) devices, like smart home appliances, Zenbo connects with smartphones, responds to voice commands, provides reminders, takes photos, and more. Asus launched a video showing off the robot's capabilities which can be viewed here. Zenbo features a touchscreen face with animated display and can move around the house, follow on command, and respond to questions.
Aside from its convenience functions, like taking group selfies, looking up recipes, or telling children stories, Zenbo is also presented as a solution for issues of healthcare and safety. The robot can distinguish between family members to give medical reminders, like medication times, and monitor home safety through cameras and sensors. Asus may distinguish itself with a standalone AI that can move and emote, although it remains to be seen how such an assistant will compare to similar smartphone software or static home AIs. But Asus isn't done adding more capabilities to its new home assistant robot. The company is also rolling out an SDK along with a developer program to help encourage new software development for the bot. There has been no word yet for when Zenbo will be available in the U.S., but the robot will sell for $599.
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