UBTECH is following up its Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Robot from last year with the Alpha Mini companion robot and a series of JIMU Robot building kits for kids. The news comes alongside the debut of the company’s Walker (humanoid) and Cruzr (service robot) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

UBTECH’s New Alpha Mini Robot.

Alpha Mini is an affectionate companion robot ready to befriend, entertain, teach, and communicate with kids in a wide variety of scenarios. The robot is portable and stands just under 10 inches tall. Alpha Mini features various interactions and expressions, including voice interaction, 4G LTE connectivity, face recognition, illustrated book recognition, and object recognition. Fourteen servos power a variety of flexible movements, such as dancing, kung fu, and getting up after a fall, while LCD eyes can display crying, happiness, and other emotions and expressions. Alpha Mini is a CES Innovation Award honoree.

JIMU Robot is a line of robot building kits for kids ages 8 and up, including the Mythical Series: UnicornBot Kit and BuilderBot Series: Overdrive Kit. Kids can assemble their robot from scratch, and then control and code its motions using the free JIMU app and Blockly coding platform. JIMU robots make STEM learning fun and easy through creative play that interweaves the central concepts of robotics and programming. JIMU robots are available worldwide, including retailers such as Amazon.com, Apple Stores, Target, Walmart, and more.

For a glimpse at what the future may hold for UBTECH, the Walker humanoid prototype has been updated with arms and hands with the ability to grasp and manipulate objects. It’s the most advanced robot that UBTECH has built to date.