Pet Robot ASUS unveiled a new talking robot, Zenbo, that besides reminding you to take your meds or pull up a poached salmon recipe—can sit and entertain the kids with stories, games, songs and even dance moves. (Yes, of course, educational.) The key to Zenbo's success may be in its animated face and expressiveness—plus it's child-like size. Robots that can play a role in our lives akin to Robin Williams' "Bicentennial Man" are still not in immediate sight. But Zenbo is certainly a bigger step forward than BB-8. ASUS has priced Zenbo at $599, but a release date? Not yet.
Play With Alexa Want to see first-hand how Alexa could run your home? Amazon has put Alexa right into your browser, giving anyone a chance to play with the voice command system. The site, Echosim.io, requires that you log into your Amazon account, and then do nothing more than speak to Alexa. More and more, consumers are adopting voice-enabled controls to manage their home tools, from entertainment devices to smart home products like thermostats.
Wearables: $20B by 2020 The healthcare wearables market should hit nearly $20 billion globally within the next four years according to research analyst firm, Frost & Sullivan. Using devices to monitor chronic illnesses like diabetes, along with medical conditions such as heart arrhythmias are expected to drive the sales and adoptions of these tools.
Medical Tattoo The Air Force is funding a new wearable tattoo, temporary of course, that can send health data wirelessly to physicians and other health care professionals—either from home, or even while in the hospital. The tattoo, just .25 millimeters thick, is made up of stretchable circuits, and created by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Their findings are published in the journal of Advanced Functional Materials. (Via the Daily Mail.)
Connected Sprinklers With the summer season now upon us, making sure our lawn and flora are watered and cared for is key. GearBrain took some time to test Rachio, a connected sprinkler device, which promises to save you money—and also your plants. What did we find? Check out our review to learn more.