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ASUS' Launched Zenbo cute robot which can walks, talks and controls your home



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.
Zenbo costs $599; there are no details about availability in the U.S. yet.


It can understand spoken commands, so you can do thinks like tell it to remind you of a doctor's appointment. It also automatically monitors the home for emergency situations, notifying family members via a smartphone when something bad happens. It has a built-in camera (great for taking family photos, Asus claims) and can be remotely controlled, say to check what your dog or toddler is doing.


Zenbo also doubles as a stereo speaker; it can tell your child bedtime stories or amuse them with educational games. Its animated face, which can show a range of emotions, is a touchscreen.

Zenbo can also connect to smart-home components such as lights, door locks and security cameras, read out recipes, and entertain kids with interactive stories and songs. In short, it’s a giant, semi-autonomous mobile device with (judging by that video) a rather cloying voice.