One recurring talking point at last week’s Wi-Fi Global Congress was device ubiquity – which is to say, the notion that Wi-Fi demand is being driven in part by the sheer number of Wi-Fi-compatible devices, from smartphones and tablets to game consoles, printers and TV sets, that can be connected in a smart-home scenario.
Inevitably, that will also include robots. And in Korea, in fact, it already does.
Well, sort of.
KT was on hand at the conference showing off its Kibot2 educational robot for kids.
It looks like this.
It’s not a robot per se (although it does talk and move around when you touch it), but it is a Wi-Fi terminal (developed by iRiver) bundled with a touchscreen interface, voice recognition and a kid-friendly content package that includes games and English-language lessons, as well as support for text messages and VoIP/video calls.
It even has an RFID reader to activate it, and projector in the back of its head so kids can see content in a bigger display.
And – appropriately – it runs on Android 2.2.
The Kibot2 was launched at the end of last year as the follow-up to its first Kibot. The KT spokesperson doing the demo said the Kibots are selling well enough that KT is looking to export it to other markets.