Meet Sanbot: the AI robot seeking work as a waiter, security guard or sales assistant

It can read facial expressions, recognise and respond to complex voice commands and interface with internet-of-things devices in the smart home. Offering video surveillance too, she (it’s female; the eyelashes are are a giveaway) can serve as a very different kind of security guard. It can even detect smoke. Meet Sanbot, a robot with artificial intelligence from Chinese electronics giant Qihan. Robotics-as-a-service Offering a ‘robotics as a service’ model, Sanbot is being pitched to organisations as a way to improve security, streamline costs, raise customer service standards and gather marketing insights in retail, healthcare, hospitality and other service sectors. However, because it operates on an open API platform, there is in theory no limit to the sectors in which it could be deployed. QIhan, which develops video surveillance cameras and video analytics software as…


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