Taiwan-based consumer electronics major Asus has unveiled a personal robot assistant dubbed as the Zenbo at the company's Zenvolution event. The revelation was made on the sidelines of Asia's premier technology fair, Computex 2016, in Taipei on May 30.
The newly unveiled Zenbo is an intuitive robot assistant, which has the ability to learn the owner's behaviour over time and provide suggestions accordingly such as setting calendar appointments and proactively reminding the user of important information, such as doctor's appointments, medication and exercise schedules, and anything else that needs to be remembered.
Asus Zenbo can move independently and understand spoken commands. Interaction between the user and the Zenbo is similar to chatting with another person, the company claims.
The Asus robot assistant is also capable of interacting with kids. It has the ability to provide entertainment such as narrating an interactive stories through voice and visual slides on its built- in screen on its face and also impart education through learning games.
Zenbo also has the ability to connect and control many smart home and traditional devices, including lights, TVs, air conditioners, and numerous other electronics gadgets.
Homeowners can even use Zenbo's built-in screen to view visitors at the door and then unlock it with a simple voice command. It can also help out in the kitchen like reading recipes out loud, Asus claims.
Asus Zenbo has much more capabilities and to further improve its user-experience, the company has opened Zenbo Developer Program, which provides members access to the Zenbo SDK and library to bring the developer's creative ideas to fruition.
Asus Zenbo costs $599, but its availability details are still under wraps.
Watch this space for more updates.
Here's the video detailing the Asus Zenbo features: