ROBOTS WILL RUN our homes if Asus has its way with the firm's first foray into automaton butlers.
The Asus Zenbo robot was unveiled at Computex 2016, and is designed to take control of smart home appliances, help with household chores and act as a robotic assistant. The machine has voice recognition tech, and can be told to play songs, make video calls and stream films.
But Zenbo is far more than an autonomous assistant, according to Asus. Frankly it sound like a right little busybody.
"As a home care assistant, he proactively provides convenient, spoken reminders of important information, such as doctor's appointments, medication and exercise schedules, and anything else that needs to be remembered," said Asus.
"Zenbo also monitors the home for emergencies, such as falls, and immediately responds by notifying specified family members on their smartphones."
The dinky droid is also being touted as way to get noisy kids to shut up and sit down, given its ability to entertain them with interactive stories and learning games. We bet there are a few bleary-eyed parents who are punching the air with relief after hearing this.
We only hope that Asus has added some decent security to the Zenbo as we don’t want some hacker sending the smart home crazy and planting subliminal messages in the minds of innocent kids.
Zenbo was apparently born from the feverish thoughts of Asus chairman Jonney Shih, who has the ambition to “enable robotic computing for every household”.
The robot costs $599, so families will need deep pockets before taking a punt on something that has similar capabilities to an app-loaded smartphone, or Amazon’s Echo and Alexa smart home virtual assistant.
Control over smart home tech is becoming quite a crowded market, particularly now that Google is muscling in. The company recently showcased its Google Home and Assistant smart tech platform.
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