Pensonic to unveil robotic products


GEORGE TOWN: Pensonic Holdings Bhd is targeting next year to introduce a new range of robotic consumer electronic products to mitigate the impact of a global recession.

Group managing director Dixon Chew told StarBiz that the group planned to introduce the robotic products, in the shape of dinosaurs, pets and humans, that were designed to perform basic household chores, provide entertainment and look after children.

“The robots could, for example, be used for waking up children when they fall asleep while studying.

“We have already identified foreign technological partners to collaborate on developing the products,” he said.

The group yesterday launched robotic pets in the form of dinosaurs under the Pleo brand name for entertainment purposes.

“Pensonic is distributing exclusively for Pleo robotic products, which is owned by Ugobe, a technological company in the US,” he said.

Pleo robotic pets would be distributed in five South-East Asian countries - Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia.

On another matter, Chew said the group aimed to sell at least 1 million of its compact fluorescent lamps over the next 12 months.

“We launched the compact fluorescent lamps five months ago and have sold 150,000 units so far in the country.

“The compact fluorescent lamps sold well because they save energy and are environmental-friendly,” he said.

Despite the slowdown, the group’s domestic sales of its electrical appliances for its first quarter ended August hit RM55.8mil against RM44.6mil in the previous corresponding period, representing a 25% growth.

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