Japan’s PLENGoer Robotics unveils palm-sized cubic assistant robot at CES 2017

Image Credit: PLENGoer Robotics

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Osaka-based robotics startup PLEN Project established a joint venture named PLENGoer Robotics with Chinese home appliance manufacturer Goertek (SHE:002241) back in March. In a promotional video released to coincide with the announcement, the firm had implied a launch of its first product within 2016.

As it had noted, PLENGoer Robotics last month unveiled a personal assistant robot PLEN CUBE as its first products, along with detailed information including functions, photo and specs. Although PLEN CUBE is still under development, the firm is exhibiting and demonstrating at CES 2017 in Las Vegas.

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PLEN CUBE has a rectangular parallelepiped form which has one side at about 7.5cm; it is equipped with camera, display, speaker and microphone, and various functions such as face-tracking and voice / gesture recognition are included. Without any special setting, users can give orders to PLEN CUBE to photograph still images / moving images, save, distribute and share online.

Since the product is still incomplete, the firm is going to improve it based on feedbacks gained at the CES 2017 exhibit and to implement crowdfunding, aiming to compete using a product version and starting to sell on a full scale in summer of 2017.

Members of PLEN Project and PLENGoer Robotics at Myojo-Waraku 2016 in Fukuoka
Image credit: Masaru Ikeda

PLEN Project had previously launched a human-shaped robot named PLEN2. In contrast with PLEN2’s concept focusing on open source and customization by users, PLENGoer Robotics focuses on development of more practical service robots targeting common household / individual users and actually emphasizes practical functions, camera or computer vision in its first product PLEN CUBE.

Translated by Taijiro Takeda
Edited by “Tex” Pomeroy