Chinese Group Looking to Offer Robot-as-a-Service on Contract

Published by , September 5, 2016 10:12 am

(YahooTech) Shenzhen-based Qihan is looking to roll out a new robotics-as-a-service model, selling the robots and support to various industries, including health care, education, and security. Qihan’s Sanbot is already in service in China, offering flight information to stressed travelers at the airport, patrolling warehouses as a security guard, providing a telepresence for doctors in patient’s homes, and acting as a fun friend and learning resource for kindergarteners.
Qihan has its sights set on the U.S. and European market and will offer partners a change to buy their Sanbot outright for around $5,000, and there are open APIs to enable them to develop new software and functions that take advantage of Sanbot’s potential. However, Qihan is really looking to set up service contracts with a monthly subscription and the Sanbot relies on a cloud-based artificial intelligence platform that enables its face, object, and voice recognition.

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