Taiwan is poised to become a key developer of consumer robots that perform household chores thanks to its expertise in producing technology products and computer chips, experts said earlier this week.
\n"We are currently looking at establishing partnerships in Taiwan to produce home appliances," Philippe Millieret, a spokesman for French technology developer Wany Robotics said in a telephone interview last weekend. "Taiwan has the technological know-how in personal computers and peripheral products that has applications in robotics."
\nTaiwan is also a stepping stone to Asia's largest market.
\n"Taiwan is the main point of access to China," Millieret said. "One specific thing about Asia is its hunger for technology. Asia is more advanced in this respect than countries in Europe and North America."
\nOne product many and potential Taiwanese partners could work on is a robotic camera that can roam freely round the home looking for naughty children that are not doing their homework, Millieret explained.
\nUsing infrared sensors the camera avoids obstacles, and artificial intelligence software allows it to locate and recognize specific individuals. If the kids are playing hooky, the camera sends a message to the parent or guardian via e-mail, short messaging service (SMS) to a mobile phone, or a pre-recorded audio message. Mom or pop can then call home and tell the kids to hit the books.
\nThe robotic smart camera could also be used for home security.
\nHomes could soon be populated by other bionic maids. Wany is launching a smart vacuum cleaner that also recharges itself when its batteries are low at the beginning of next year, and chip designer VIA Technologies Inc (
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