Whilst walking round Showstoppers yesterday at IFA 2017, we happened across this little booth and were promptly jump-scared by a little robot! Here’s a little information on the Sanbot.
Being serious for a moment, QIHAN explained that this particular unit, the Sanbot Nano, was specifically engineered with children in mind as part of a wider smart home deployment. Including Amazon’s Alexa to ask questions, and to control other smart devices in the home (think lighting or music), the Sanbot Nano is used as a friend for your little one to interact with.
The Sanbot Nano stands at 2.7 feet tall and is equipped with over 50 sensors to avoid objects in its way, recognise voices and know when someone enters the room. Sanbot Nano is also equipped with advanced features for the home, including:
- Voice Assistance: With Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service, Sanbot Nano can order pizza, request a car, track fitness stats, control the TV and play music from today’s leading streaming providers.
- Smart Home Control: Sanbot Nano pairs with smart home devices from the world’s most popular connected home brands, enabling families to control lights, thermostats and home appliances.
- Remote Surveillance: QIHAN’s mobile Q-Link App allows families to live-stream video and control Sanbot Nano from anywhere in the world. When the family is away, Sanbot will monitor the house using object detection sensors and sound an alarm if an intruder is discovered
The gender of the assistant can be changed and you can even add a Cat face into the mix too, which is precisely why I jumped back when it approached me at the stand!
Whilst this scared me at first, I have to admit that it’s a cool idea for some use cases but it remains to be seen how many of these units will actually find themselves in our homes, talking to our children, and becoming part of our smart homes of the present, not just the future.
For more info, head on over to the Sanbot Nano website.