Ever wanted to have a Robot Butler to help you with your daily tasks? Fortunately, ASUS has one, and it will be up for sale later in the US in Q4 2017 priced at $599. We have seen many static smart home products from Google with their Google Home; Amazon wants you to use it’s Alexa and Apple with its Apple home with Siri in it are a few such examples. Asus’s take on the smart home solution comes in the incarnation of Zenbo robot. And just recently the device has passed the FCC certification.
Which what Asus did is packed all the AI smart home tech which now follows you and is highly interactive. And more like a mechanical robot waiting for your command and also assisting in your daily needs visually and vocally. Don’t expect it to chop onions for you!
Asus’s take on the smart home solution comes in the incarnation of Zenbo. Which what Asus did is packed all the AI smart home tech which now follows you and is highly interactive. And more like a mechanical robot waiting for your command and also assisting in your daily needs visually and vocally. Don’t expect it to chop onions for you!
Zenbo can move through your house autonomously dodging obstacles with its strong routes learning experience ability. Zenbo has a camera and a display which also shows its digital face on it. It looks like it can also show emotional face according to the situation. It can perform all the regular smart home giving voice commands, or speak aloud to give you voice reminders or other information. Let’s talk about its features, environment for it to function properly that the things that it can help you with.
Features of Zebo and What can it do!
Prompt You information both Visually and Vocally
You can ask it in thin air, your questions or ask it to take notes; it will recognize your voice and command and come up with a what we can see is a custom answer section. It can also take remainders, answers your questions on the go while following you at the same time.
Shopping with suggestions via Calling
You can ask it to search for any item you want, and it will bring up the list of things you want. Plus there’s a call for help option which could also reflect what you’re doing to other person’s screen for him to help you out.
In this shot, you can see the same screen is being mirrored on the other person’s phone, which Zenbo called for help. This could be used in a variety of ways, such as artists helping each other in correcting errors or people asking for recommendations while shopping online like this here we saw now. This is way ahead of what Google home or other similar assistance are trying to achieve, but then they also have their advanced labs in which we don’t know what’s cooking. It can also learn your shopping pattern and recommend items accordingly, and when you’re in need of something, it will suggest you buy that particular item.
Interactive Story telling for Kids
Zenbo can also show interactive content as it’s also designed with keeping kids in mind. When your kids want to listen up to some good bed time stories Zenbo will bring up with the story you want or whatever it thinks while learning you is right for your kid. The communication is very interactive as well as with the inclusion of graphical content.
Can Play with your Kids
Well, not physically but it can surely play a quiz game with your children, with quiz they want. In an all interactive manner, meanwhile also educating them about it. Zenbo displays graphical images of the Questions and answers for a better understanding of its users.
SOS Emergency functions
If Zenbo sees that you’re in trouble or a had an accident an SOS emergency mode is triggered, in which Zenbo will call your family members about your situation, either with a voice or a video call.
When the ones called take that call, looks like they also get to handle Zenbo remotely, as we can see there are controllers for the head for the camera view and body that’ll help in changing the position if needed. Zenbo doesn’t have arms for it to perform any physical activity. That could have been cool; it may be able to serve you up with a first aid kit.
Control Your smart appliances
Zenbo can tap into smart home products, allowing you to control smart lights, thermostats, locks, air-conditioners, smart TVs and security systems just with voice commands. It also needs to reach there to perform this actions, so that’s there.
Asus is also launching an SDK and developer program for the developers. In helping Zenbo learn to do more things by tapping into third-party software services and API.
Check here for the Zenbo Developer program!
ASUS Zenbo Specifications
The Zenbo seems quite well equipped
|CPU||Intel Atom Z8550 2.5GHz Quad Core|
|Storage||32GB OR 128GB|
|Camera||3D Camera, 13 mega pixel|
|Display||10.1-inch, WXGA LCD, 10 points multi-touch display|
|LED Wheels||Both left and right|
|Connectivity||Wifi, Bluetooth BT4.0|
|I/O ports||1x USB 3.0 Type A port|
|Environment||Indoor temp 15 to 35 Degrees|
|Obstacle Detection||Front 25cm to 60cm
Rear 15cm to 60cm
Recommended home environment for Zenbo
- Zenbo is designed for indoor use only.
- The floor of which it follows you should be flat and even surface. Avoid surface differences more than 1.5cm, which means it can’t climb stairs.
- Big obstructions should be removed for it to reach near you and serve you.
- Zenbo’s anti-collision system can’t function properly in the following situations
1. Colliding with an object on its head.
2. Performing pre-defined spinning in place action.
3. Moving at slow speeds and gently colliding with an object.
- If the furniture color is in black or white, then Zenbo might misinterpret the object as an elevation change or a hole in the floor.
- Light color furniture is recommended around the house.
Wi-Fi within range
- It’s recommended using Zenbo in a good connection environment.
- The connection should be stable enough.
- Avoid giving voice commands in a noisy place.
- Avoiding voice commands to be given by multiple people at the same time.
- When commanded to use any home appliances, Zenbo needs to be in the same room.
- Make sure to give one command at a time a one person is facing Zenbo with that command to improve its accuracy.
- Usage of down lights in your house is not recommended for using Zenbo.
- Changing lighting effects could affect Zenbo’s positioning information.
When you Power On Zenbo first up the first time, select the language and make sure you have a wifi connection. You also need to download the companion app that will be available on Play Store to set it up.
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