ASUS has unveiled Zenbo, a $599 robot the company hopes will help to bring robotics into homes.
The manufacturer unveiled the robot at Computex 2016 alongside its new range of sophisticated mobile phones.
The Taiwanese technology company, ASUS, described the robot as a smart home manager, security guard, hands-free kitchen assistant and family photographer, among others.
ASUS said: “Zenbo is a friendly and capable home robot designed to provide assistance, entertainment and companionship to families and meant to address the needs of each family member in this ubiquitous computing era.
“With a full range of capabilities, including the ability to move independently and understand spoken commands, Zenbo can assist in the home and interacting with him is easy and fun,” the company says.
ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih, commenting on Zenbo’s capabilities, says, “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.”
The company says Zenbo is also a fun and educational playmate for children as he entertains them with interactive stories and learning games that foster their creativity and logical thinking skills. With his high-quality, built-in stereo sound system, Zenbo can play children’s favourite songs and even dance along to the music, making for fun playtime activity.
Moreover, Zenbo has a built-in library of stories he tells in a variety of entertaining voices, while displaying accompanying images on his screen and controlling the room lighting to add a new level of interactivity and fun to story time.
As regards the smartphones, ASUS’s line-up includes the all-new ZenFone3 family, featuring ZenFone 3 Deluxe; the new flagship smartphone has advanced camera technology that takes mobile photography to the next level; ZenFone 3 is a feature-packed smartphone that brings premium design and empowering performance to users; and ZenFone 3 Ultra, an incredibly powerful smartphone with a 6.8-inch full HD display that excels at entertainment.
Also announced were ZenBook 3, an ultra-sleek and lightweight notebook with a premium aluminum design, along with ASUS Transformer 3 and ASUS Transformer 3 Pro, versatile PCs that feature combination of mobility, convenience, and expandability.
Navin Shenoy, Intel’s Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Client Computing Group, who joined the ASUS chairman in unveiling the products says, “For nearly thirty years, Intel and ASUS have been collaborating to bring some of the most innovative PCs and devices to market.
“We are excited to continue that collaboration on the new ZenBook and Transformer 3 family powered by Intel Core processors, and we look forward to working closely with ASUS on expanding beyond traditional clients into new, emerging markets like robotics,” adds Shenoy.
ASUS Zenbo, the ZenFone 3 Series, the ASUS Transformer 3 Series, and a line-up of other all-new ASUS products are for the meantime on display at the ASUS showroom at the Nangang Exhibition Hall at Taipei World Trade Center, according to the company.