Taiwan-based Robotelf Technologies recently unveiled a new robot product that may be applied for education, home security and healthcare purposes.
Just 7 kilograms in weight and 85 cm tall, Robelf is designed to be a handy home assistant for everyday life. With the robot’s bendable neck, even adults can use the touch screen on the robot’s head while standing up.
With the screen on its head, Robelf lets users perform video calls or leave video messages. There is a removable camera on its head. With built-in battery and SD card, the camera can be placed anywhere in the house for home monitoring purpose.
Robelf can assist children with foreign language learning and tell them stories in a vivid manner, among other educational functions.
To protect the home, Robelf can be scheduled to perform a complete house surveillance on its own, using embedded simultaneous localization and mapping technology. The ultrasonic sensors enable the robot to bypass obstacles, while the infrared sensors prevent the robot from falling if there are uneven floors.
The robot may also be controlled remotely to move around the house, while its camera sends real-time video feed to smartphones so that users may check if everything is okay at home.
The robot can be used in hospitals too. With indoor positioning and remote control, they may check on patients on behalf of doctors so that they don’t have to make the rounds themselves. Robelf can also work with wearable heath tracking devices, and automatically contact hospitals or family members if an emergency occurs.
Equipped with facial recognition system, Robelf can identify gender, age and emotions. It will remember family members and respond accordingly. In the home security mode, homeowners will receive a push notification if an unknown face was detected.
Robelf will perform different tasks based on pre-set schedules and its facial recognition ability. For example, it will go find a child at home to remind him or her to have an English lesson. Also, it may be set up to remind the elders to take medicine or have blood pressure tests.
With the embedded semantic analysis technology, Robelf can take voice commands when it hears trigger word “Hey Robelf,” and then perform different kinds of tasks.
Using the data collected at home, Robelf will perform analysis to provide even better services tailored for each user.
Robotelf Technologies says it plans to sell 10,000 units of Robelf this year, at a low price of NT$16,888 (About US$556). About 70% of the units are planned to be sold in Taiwan, and 30% overseas, mostly in mainland China and South Korea.