Asustek’s hu­manoid ro­bot is likely to de­but in 2016: firm’s chair­man

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

Tai­wan’s Asustek Com­puter Inc. is de­vel­op­ing a hu­manoid ro­bot sim­i­lar to Ja­panese mo­bile car­rier Soft­Bank Corp.’s Pep­per that is ex­pected to de­but next year at the ear­li­est, ac­cord­ing to com­pany chair­man Jon­ney Shih.

In an in­ter­view pub­lished on Mon­day by tech news site En­gad­get, Shih “teased” that he is per­son­ally driv­ing a ro­bot­ics pro­ject that aims to come up with a ma­chine that can proac­tively in­ter­act with hu­mans.

The new ro­bot, de­vel­oped in Asustek’s ad­vanced re­search cen­ter called the Da Vinci Lab, may be launched in 2016 if the com­pany can main­tain its “very ag­gres­sive sched­ule,” Shih said.

A tear­down of Soft­Bank’s Pep­per ro­bot in early July by Ja­pan’s Nikkei Busi­ness Pub­li­ca­tion Inc. re­vealed that Pep­per’s depth­sens­ing cam­era is made by Asustek, but the Tai­wanese com­pany de­clined to con­firm the re­port.

Also, a re­cruit­ment ad up­dated Aug. 3 on online job bank Yes123 said that Asustek is look­ing for one or two ro­bot­ics hard­ware engi­neers to work at the com­pany’s head­quar­ters in Taipei — the lo­ca­tion of its Da Vinci Lab.

“As an elec­tri­cal engi­neer, you will have re­spon­si­bil­ity for the val­i­da­tion and char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of con­sumer ro­bot­ics prod­ucts de­vel­oped at Asustek, in­clud­ing em­bed­ded com­puter, ro­bot­ics sen­sor com­po­nents, and main­board hard­ware,” said the ad.

Soft­Bank’s Pep­per, priced at 198,000 Ja­panese yen (US$1,611) each, can not only read hu­man emo­tions but also ex­press feel­ings of its own that change ac­cord­ing to how peo­ple in­ter­act with it.

The ini­tial batch of 1,000 Pep­per robots sold out in one minute on the first day of sales in Ja­pan on June 20.

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