Judgement day is upon us, Selfie Robots are about to be a thing thanks to ASUS

May 31, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Judgement day is upon us, Selfie Robots are about to be a thing thanks to ASUS

May 31, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The future is starting to look like a very scary place, and it’s not due to Skynet, but ASUS, with the announcement of Zenbo, a tiny robot assistant.

Introduced at the 2016 Computex Taipei consumer electronics show, ASUS presented a working model which rolled around on the stage, responding to commands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz5bWCna5uM

If you only want to waste 4 minutes instead of 11, skip ahead to about 7:10 into the video.

While Zenbo’s acting was arguably the best in the ASUS short film, I’m not sure I’d really want a little robot running around my house, especially one so creepily cute.

For decades, humans have dreamed of having such a smart, considerate companion who is always at our disposal.

We hope to enable robotic computing for every household.

– Jonney Shih, ASUS Chairman

Here’s the full presentation (sorry, the video’s a little jerky, but this was the only one I could find).

YouTube video

I suppose it’s the next logical step from the likes of Siri, Cortana or yelling “Hey Google”, but I still want to throttle the helpful little robot.  I really hope they let us change that sickeningly “sweet” UI.

To be fair to ASUS, Zenbo does show some potential, but exactly how much potential will depend heavily on what types of things the app developers produce.

I’m not going to get too worried until somebody figures out how to turn one into a quadcopter.  That’s when humanity will really be in trouble.

There’s no official release date set yet, but the Zenbo is expected to retail at $599.  ASUS have created a website, where you can read all about our future tiny robot overlords.

What do you think?  You going to stay with the selfie stick and just keep getting up and doing things yourself?  Or could you see yourself having your own sycophantic little robot?  Let us know in the comments.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “Judgement day is upon us, Selfie Robots are about to be a thing thanks to ASUS”

  1. Kerry_in_Japan Avatar
    Kerry_in_Japan

    For such lofty claims of taking over the world with a robot army, they sure produced an underwhelming demonstration video…

  2. Kay O. Sweaver Avatar
    Kay O. Sweaver

    I love that we’re running out of water in many parts of the world, species are dying off daily and people are dying from cancer, and we’re building selfie robots.