According to Sanyo Home, the Smart Home robot, which is known as the Mirai SANZO, is meant to be sold as "part of an integrated smart home that Sanyo markets to 'families of the future' in Japan" and is supposed to be hooked up onto a home's local network. Once that is done, the users will be able to make use of the Mirai SANZO to remotely access and control various appliances that have been installed in their home. Apparently, this includes automatically filling the bathtub with water of the right temperature, turn the air conditioner on (or off), or even sending alerts to one's cell phone in the event of an emergency such as the fire alarm going off. Oh, and somewhere along the line, it can also be used as a central control hub that takes command over all of the aforementioned appliances and help users monitor their electricity consumption.
Sounds interesting? Well, the bad news is that the Mirai SANZO does not appear to be intended for sale anywhere outside of its domestic market, but what we do know is that the Japanese can expect to see the product pop up for sale on the retail shelves starting from today onwards. More importantly, no pricing for the Mirai Sanzo Smart Home robot has been revealed, and that Sanyo Home is apparently keeping a very tight lid on the specifics of the robot, such as the OS version currently in use, and whether it has an unlockable bootloader or not. Oh well, at least Sanyo did not attempt to fashion the Mirai SANZO off the Android mascot's likeness.