Asus today at Computex 2016 unveiled a Smart home companion to help seniors live more safely and independently.
Dubbed Zenbo, the robot can move independently and understand spoken commands, with a particular focus on safeguarding the health and well-being of seniors while helping them stay connected in a digital world.
Known as ‘your Smart little companion,’ Zenbo provides spoken reminders of important information, such as doctor’s appointments and medication.
“Zenbo also monitors the home for emergency situations — such as falls — and immediately responds to them by notifying specified family members on their Smartphones, no matter where they are,” Asus said in a press release. “When they receive an emergency notification, family members can remotely control Zenbo to move nearby and use Zenbo’s built-in camera to visually check on their loved one. Zenbo is also a friendly companion who helps to bridge the digital divide between generations by making it easy to accomplish a variety of online tasks — including making video calls, using social media, shopping, and streaming movies and TV shows — using voice commands and guided help.”
Zenbo is also great with children — the robot can entertain with interactive stories and learning games and play child-appropriate songs via its high-quality, built-in stereo sound system. Zenbo can even dance along to the music. Zenbo also offers a built-in library of stories that it tells accompanied by images on his screen.
Zenbo can also act as a hands-free household helper, connecting to and controlling Smart home and traditional devices such as lights, TVs and air conditioners. Zenbo’s built-in screen enables homeowners to view visitors outside the door before heading to the kitchen to display recipes, which it also reads out loud. Zenbo can also be used as a remote-controlled home security camera that is accessible from anywhere via an intuitive Smartphone app.
A built-in camera and an ability to move around the house, meanwhile, makes Zenbo “a great family photographer who helps preserve special and everyday moments alike.”
Asus provides a number of Zenbo-compatible apps that expand the robot’s capabilities as well. Although Asus has yet to announce a release date, it did say Zenbo will retail for $599.
The company is currently seeking developers to work on apps for the Zenbo platform.