ASUS has just unveiled a “smart little companion” robot called Zenbo for your homes at Computex 2016. And going by the promotional video and the price tag of Zenbo at mere $600 USD, one could say that it may prove to be an upcoming rage and truly make robotic technology reach common people.
Zenbo, with a height till about knee of an average adult, can be thought of smart voice assistants like Google Assistant, Apple’s SIRI or Amazon’s Echo but on wheels with a touch screen and certainly a lot cuter with its expressive eyes and hopefully equally or smarter.
Talking about Zenbo, ASUS chairman Jonney Shih said,
“For decades, humans have dreamed of owning such a companion: One that is smart, dear to our hearts, and always at our disposal. Our ambition is to enable robotic computing for every household.”
Zenbo comprises of smart features aimed towards making it an efficient home robot which can even tell stories to children or ensure the security of old elders at home by communicating their situation to contacts.
So for example, if a person falls down inside the house with nobody else at home, it can send an alert to other family members and can even allow them to connect and video chat with the person.
With its touch-enabled face, you can do online shopping by dictating it passwords verbally or you can have a video chat with a family member. Zenbo can dictate you recipes while you are experimenting with new dishes in the kitchen. It can respond to your voice, remind you of your daily medications and To-do list reminders.
In addition to this, it also acts as manager of IoT-connected home devices. It can control lightings inside the house and is able to turn on or off the air conditioner and television.
Zenbo can keep company with kids, telling them interactive stories aloud from its built-in library, and going by the promotional video, can even sing and awkwardly dance with them.
ASUS has priced their little robot at just $600 USD and going by the features Zenbo claims to have, it can give a serious fight to the Pepper humanoid robot by Softbank which comes at a three times more price at $1900 approximately.