Asustek eyes home robots for elderly, kids
Asustek Computer Inc. offered a hint Friday about the Taiwanese PC maker’s development of voiceenabled robots that can take care of elderly people and serve as an educational tool for children.
Speaking at an annual meeting with general shareholders, Asustek Chairman Jonney Shih said his company is paying close attention to the industry dynamics and is looking to develop new technologies.
One of the emerging sectors that Asustek is watching closely is smart robots, which Shih said would be integrated with cloud computing technology in the future to provide services to the elderly upon voice commands.
Such smart robots could also serve as tools for children, because it could impart knowledge to children and help them understand and deal with their emotions, Shih added.
He declined to give further details of Asustek’s smart robot development, saying only that the sector needs a lot of “design thinking” and evaluation of costs.
Asustek is looking to new busi- ness opportunities in mobile devices and the Internet of Things — the concept of connecting ordinary household devices to the Internet — beyond the stagnant PC industry, which has suffered a continuous recession for over three years.
In 2014, Asustek’s consolidated revenue increased by 3 percent to NT$477.4 billion (US$15.42 billion), but its net income dropped by 9 percent to NT$19.47 billion, which the company said was mainly due to the high nonoperating revenue gained from stock disposal in 2013.