Most telepresence robots have the personality of, well, an iPad, because that's what a lot of them use for a face. The Sanbot Nano, on the other hand, has the personality of a small child and an animated visage to match, with big eyes, a tuft of brown hair and an anime-style smile when its user wants it to express delight. Despite having a name that implies smallness, the Nano is actually larger than most small children and is as much a personal companion as it's a bot that you'd send to your office to attend meetings when you're stuck at home.
The Nano's face is a touch screen that, when it isn't serving as the visage of a moody youngster, is filled with apps, many of which need to be downloaded (via the Nano) from the Sanbot app store. The Nano is powered by Alexa and when Alexa mode is turned on it can do anything an Amazon Echo can do, including play music and give you the news. However, it also lets you play games and you don't need to touch the screen to play them. The Nano's built-in camera can function much like an Xbox Kinect, registering your hand movements. Nano actually inserts you into the game, showing a small image of you on the screen waving your hand and interacting with game objects -- chopping fruit in Fruit Ninja, for instance.
And this cute little buddy really can serve as a telepresence bot. The Q-Link app shows you what the Nano sees with its camera and lets you steer it around, checking up on your home when you aren't there or interacting with employees at your workplace. The text-to-speech function lets you tell the Nano what to say and you'll hear the response in return. A set of icons lets you set the Nano's facial image to a wide range of expressions, so you can frown menacingly at employees if you find them goofing off in the snack room. You can also use it as a smartphone to make video calls to other Nano users -- or just send text messages.
Through the accompanying mobile app, users can see what the Nano is seeing remotely, and they can also monitor all devices they have connected to the Qihan cloud.
Has 50 sensors installed to help it circumvent obstacles in its path and can recognize voices and detect when a person enters the room.
Boasts Amazon Alexa integration...can use it to order food, shopping, and play music...just one issue: an Amazon Echo Dot can do all those things at a fraction of the price.
You can also control it from anywhere, using the Q-Link mobile app...Q-Link also lets you live-stream video, and can convert your texts to voice messages.
The robot's object detection sensors are supposed to help it watch over the house and sound an alarm if unexpected activity takes place.