The Qihan Sanbot Could Become Your Robot Butler

Robots are getting a lot cheaper to make, and that means they’re becoming a lot cheaper to buy — cheap enough to start entering homes as the robot butlers science fiction has promised us for decades. So far, we’ve seen some pretty cute attempts, and we’ve seen some…other attempts. But, with research into chatbot software heating up and digital assistants like Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and Google Now becoming ever more useful, plans for those robots are getting bigger, too. At IFA last week, a Chinese company called Qihan unveiled Sanbot, a robot that can do it all — eventually. IFA is a time for hype, so we weren’t surprised to hear about all the things Sanbot can be — a bodyguard, a secretary, a waiter, a salesperson, a butler, and the list goes…


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