This year’s Techcrunch Shanghai featured everything IoT for the home from connected door handles to soothing smart sleep masks. But according to China’s leading voices in robotics, the most exciting addition to our homes in the next five years will be our AI helpers.

“In the next five years Robotic companies will nurture the market, and you will have at least one or two robot appliances at home,” said Yao Kong, Founder of Ming Robot. Kong spoke alongside Ricky Ye, CEO of DFRobot, and Zhichen Yu, founder of Tuling123 at a panel on the development of China’s robotics industry.

While the exhibition floor was light on robots, it’s been a big year in robotics in China. At this year’s GMIC in Beijing several new robotics innovations were unveiled including the very humanoid YangYang, a life-size robot co-created by Japanese robotics guru Hiroshi Ishiguro and Chinese robotics professor Song Yang at the Yangyang Intelligent Robot Science Service Centre in Shanghai.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com