China’s market watchdog issued a warning yesterday about the safety risks posed by companion robot, food warmer tray and portable outdoor power bank, state broadcaster China Central Television reported.
The State Administration for Market Regulation said in a notice that companion robots in the home scenario carry quality risks in terms of product function and information security.
After performing spot checks, the regulator said many such robot models in the market contain loopholes, incapable of detecting children’s dangerous behavior or mitigating stumble risks of children and senior citizens.
Defects also include the inability of some products to conduct real-time monitoring, remote custodianship and telecare.
Meanwhile, some products pose risks such as personal information and privacy leakage, as they have weak password security or require no verification codes when changing passwords.
Somehow the watchdog did not release a list of the businesses involved in manufacturing flawed products.
China’s companion robot market is at an incipient stage, marked by a proliferation of players occasionally with dubious credibility and substandard quality protocol.