Robotics are becoming increasingly popular in many portions of society, including within the Toys and Games industry. UB Tech is a company that prides itself on creating and selling intelligent humanoid robots and robotic kits. These robots also operate as some of the most innovative robotic playthings in the marketplace today including Alpha 1, Alpha 2 and JIMU. All of these robots can move–even dance–and JIMU even gives users the chance to build a number of different models using the same kit. Recently James Chow, the CEO of UB Tech, spoke to the Examiner about the company and his hopes for its future:
Meagan Meehan (M.M.): When was UB Tech Robotics started and why was that specific name chosen?
James Chow (J.C.): UBTech Robotics Corp was started in 2012 with a dream of creating innovative robots. From the invention of the core components of a steering engine and robotic sensor to the birth of the consumer humanoid robot Alpha, UBTECH Robotics Corp spent 50 million yuan in five years and developed into a well-known multinational company dedicated to serving humanoid robots. The name UB is a short form for Union Brothers. The company started with a group of people with the same dream for robotics.
M.M.: Right now how many models does UB Tech Robotics sell? Do each of these models come in an assortment of colors?
J.C.: Right now, UBTech sells three main product lines: Alpha 1S, Alpha 2, JIMU robot and Robotic servos to make your robot move. Alpha 1 comes in white. Alpha 2 comes in blue and red. JIMU robot comes in two main sets: the explorer level kit and inventor level kit.
M.M.: How do your individual robots–like Alpha 1, Alpha 2 and JIMU differ from one another?
J.C.: Alpha 1 and 2 are humanoid robots that you can interact with. Compared with Alpha 1, Alpha 2 can talk freely with people and has its own Alpha app store. JIMU is an interactive robotic building block kit. Once assembled, JIMU’s servos will make your creation move. Alpha 1 and 2 are humanoid robots. JIMU is an interactive, educational building block robotic (DIY robot for kids).
M.M.: To date, what has been the most rewarding part of working with UB Tech Robotics?
J.C.: The most rewarding part of working with UB Tech Robotics is getting to create products that combine robotic technology and human interaction.
M.M.: Where do you hope UB Tech Robotics will be in ten years?
J.C.: In ten years, I hope that UB Tech will have a product in every American home, whether that is a humanoid robot or JIMU robot. I hope our creations make lives easier.
M.M.: What advice would you give to someone who is striving to enter the toy industry, especially with robotics?
J.C.: I think controlling the cost of robotics is vital. It’s not easy to develop a robot with affordable price. Also, make sure the software system is open-sourced and stable will be a challenge.
M.M.: Are there any upcoming events that you would like to mention?
J.C.: We have several upcoming events. We are starting to build a global JIMU club/ community. Alpha 1S will be featured on the Chinese Lantern Festival Gala, which will be the biggest event in China. We will attend two upcoming global exhibitions:
2016 HK Electronics Fair in April, HK. We will also be at the 2016 National Education Computing Conference, ISTE（NECC）in June in Denver, Colorado.
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