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$600 Zenbo robot from ASUS wants a place in your home

3 min read

03 June 2016

Former deputy editor

Revealing its latest line of Zen products at a Zenvolution event, ASUS has introduced a $600 robot called Zenbo, which will deliver assistance, entertainment and company to families and tech addicts.

If you feel like the iPad and iPhone have become unexciting, run-of-the-mill creations, ASUS could be for you.

Amidst its new line of smartphones and computers, the tech firm revealed the Zenbo – a robot built to “provide users with revolutionary functionality for pursuing their passions”.

Zenbo is priced at $599 and came about from ASUS chairman Jonney Shih’s desire of bringing robotic computing into homes. With people of all ages using tech, the robot is set to play a role for all family members as it can move independently and react to voice commands.

Of the ASUS Zenbo, chairman Jonney Shih, said, “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.”

One function supports elderly users to “safeguard their health” as a care assistant that offers spoken reminders for appointments, medication and so on. Additionally, if someone were to fall, Zenbo’s camera can be used to check on their wellbeing and it can react by sending alerts to family members.

With high-end care in mind, one UK business is currently in the midst of developing a £10m luxury care home for the elderly. When completed, it will come equipped with hairdressing salon, cinema room, café and activity spaces.

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Back to Zenbo, catering to youngsters, the robot can deliver interactive learning through games and stories. The sound system built in will also allow music playback to encourage dancing and exercise.

And for those who simply like the idea of a robot buddy, Zenbo can also be used for video calls, social networking, online shopping and streaming films and TV shows. On a utilities basis, it can also be connected to create a smart home environment with control of lighting, TVs, air conditioning and opening of doors.

If you fancy something with a bit more bling than Zenbo, an exclusive 24 carat gold Nintendo console can be yours for $5,000.