Taiwanese firm EQL technology has unveiled an adorable new smart home robot at CES.
With a cartoonish face displayed on a small screen, Qubi at first glance seems much like other popular bots on the market – but, at its base is a small detachable Roomba-style vacuum.
According to the firm, the bot can clean your house, connect to other smart devices, and even send you security notifications, acting as both a ‘home assistant and a security guard.’
At CES, the firm demonstrated how the disc-shaped vacuums can drive around on their own to clean designated areas, and even collaborate with other bots.
It has built in Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) technology to understand its environment and its own movements in the space.
The robo-vacuum is equipped with face and speech recognition, and works with EQL’s Ripple smart home devices
‘On the bottom is a vacuum cleaner and on the top is a robot,’ EQL Marketing Manager Casey Chang.
‘It can take voice commands, and connect to our smart home devices. You can talk to the robot to start controlling these devices, like turn on the lights.’
‘You can also talk to the robot just to interact.’
Qubi, according to the firm, also looks out for your health and safety.
The robotic assistant can give you health reminders, sending notifications throughout the day to check your blood pressure, for example.
And, it can even ‘guard’ your house.
‘It has a camera on the top, so when the security sensors is triggered, for example if you are not home but somehow your door is open, the robot will go there to see what happened,’ Chang told Dailymail.com.
‘And then you can see it through your smartphone to see what’s happening in real time.’
In vacuum mode, the small disc detaches from the rest of the Qubi bot to operate on its own.
Then when it’s done vacuuming, the two reattach so Qubi can move around once again.
The firm has plans to launch the product first in Tawain this summer, before eventually expanding to the US and other parts of the world.
They have yet confirmed how much it will cost.