iFlytek (科大讯飞，002230.SZ), one of China’s four AI “little dragons,” announced during an investor inquiry on March 2 that it will roll out robotic products in 2023, sparking excitement among investors that already have been wowed by its multiple AI wonders in the past.
The Anhui-based tech giant, while receiving a survey on March 2 by investors including funds and retail stock buyers in Beijing, revealed that its foray into software-hardware robotics in 2023 will be followed by steady rollout of exoskeletons, household service robots and so on.
This strategic move to diversify into robotics aligns with iFlytek’s Super Brain 2030 Plan, whereby the firm looks to build on its AI success story to advance the quality and availability of personal robotics and AI solutions to benefit families and communities.
According to a reply of iFlytek representatives to investor questions, the firm will dedicate itself to make robots able to sense the environment and human beings, obtain knowledge of all industries, have common sense and emotions, be nimble and agile, speak in multiple ways, and build a complicated, self-adaptive intelligent system.
The ultimate goal is to put in the possession of every household a robot capable of routine household chores like delivering meals, drink and keeping people company.
iFlytek also said during the inquiry that it had released its first self-developed quadrobot on the company’s “Developer Day” in 2022. Equipped with AI motion control algorithms and advanced hardware, the four-legged robot can scale stairs that are higher, steeper and at a faster speed. On the same day, iFlytek also debuted its Super Brain robotic platform.