Group introduces consumer robotic device on crowdfunding site with expectations of an official launch next January.
FPT Group, Vietnam’s leading IT player, has entered the consumer robotics business with the launch of a product called Rogo, as part of a bid to diversify its business.
By introducing the creative product on one of the seven most famous global crowdfunding sites, FPT expects to receive practical comments, reviews, and contributions from the community. Rogo is expected to be officially launched in January next year.
Rogo is a palm-sized assistant robot that works in conjunction with a smartphone. By attaching the smartphone to Rogo, a wireless connection enables the device to perform helpful tasks, including remotely controlling home appliances while providing images, video and other information via various apps on the phone.
Rogo consists of three components: RogoCloud, Rogo Dock, and the phone. At present Rogo has completed three main features, including RogoTele - supporting video chat in applications such as Skype and FaceTime but the caller can actively look from any angle they wish, RogoPic - supporting users to take pictures automatically with commands for wide-angled 360 degree viewing, like YouTube 360, and RogoCloud - a social network for the family that connects robotic devices with other family members.
When Rogo appears on the market in January FPT will open an Application Program Interface (API) and allow the developer community to add new AI (artificial intelligence) apps. “Rogo is easy for the programming community because it can be handled on mobiles instead of a new programming platform,” said Le Ngoc Tuan, Manager of FPT’s Robotic team. “Rogo can build social networks for people, robots and devices.”
Prior to the official launch, FPT began offering Rogo to the developer community on June 16, posting its technological specifications on Indiegogo, a US-based crowdfunding website. FPT wants to evaluate the potential of the product in order to fix an official price tag when it makes its debut.
“Indiegogo’s users are willing to try Rogo,” Mr. Tuan said. “We expect to receive practical comments, reviews and contributions from the foreign technology community to complete the product and launch Rogo next January.”