31 May '16, 9pm

Asus Zenbo Attempts to Convince Us That We Need a $600 Home Robot

Asus Zenbo Attempts to Convince Us That We Need a $600 Home Robot

Joining the small army of social robots about to invade our homes (including Jibo , Buddy , Alpha , to name just a few) is, suddenly, Zenbo, a rotund little tablet-on-wheels that Asus announced this week at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan. It supposedly does all the same stuff that every other social robot does, but even knowing that, we’re still obligated to ask the question that often annoys the heck out of roboticists: yes, it’s cool, but what does it actually do that’s distinctive and unique and that I’ll care about once the initial novelty wears off? This promo video from Asus on Zenbo is a staggering 11 minutes long, but it’s worth watching if your eyebrows need exercising, because you’ll be raising them over and over and over: Quick things: I doubt Zenbo is dynamically generating its speech; in fact, that sounds awfully like a pre-recorded human trying to sound like a ro...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/home-robots/a...

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