Zenbo robot is an assistant that will walks, talks and controls your home
Asus is getting interesting, the tech giant have took interest in stand-alone assistant, it’s similar to amazon echo in as in what it can do but better because it’s a robot and can roam about your household, sounds creepy right? Yes it does maybe that’s the next level.
The robot can roam around independently, and take directions by voice command. ZenBo’s face also acts as a touchpad interface: you’ll be able to place video calls, shop online, as well as stream video content, when it’s not blushing.
It’s still early days, but ASUS says ZenBo will offer spoken reminders to its owners, like doctor appointment and medication cues. It’ll also be able to send emergency messages to family members if someone falls down — you can even take control of the robot and check the situation from ZenBo’s built in camera. For kids, the robot will be able to (awkwardly, robotically) dance along to music as well as read stories aloud from its built-in library. Naturally, ASUS is promoting a Zenbo developer program, with access to the bot’s SDK and more information to help birth apps — something very important if the robot is to be a success.
ASUS chairman Jonney Shih took to stage to announce something a little different, if completely on trend: a home robot. “Our ambition is to enable robotic computing for every household,” he said before revealing ZenBo the home robot. With the goals of “assistance, entertainment and companionship,” it’s particularly aimed at older people. However, the most interesting feature here is the promise that the robot will connect with traditional and smart home devices: you’ll be able to check who’s at the door from a connected camera, and then remote-unlock the door from the robot’s, er, face. Zenbo will be able to connect to lights, TVs, air conditioners — if it talks the right languages.
Although that $599 price tag is pretty cheap for a home robot