Cheetah Mobile—known to international audiences through apps such as Clean Master and live streaming product Live.me—is riding China’s AI wave. Their latest initiative: replacing your favorite barista with a robot. Fu Sheng, Chairman and CEO of Cheetah Mobile, showcased his resolve to dive into the new area by taking a swim (literally) during the AI-themed 321 Conference: A Night of Robots at the Beijing National Aquatics Center (aka the Water Cube).

Back in 2016, the company prepared $50 million for AI technologies development, and on Wednesday night, it unveiled the results of two years of their labor. Aside from AI-powered smart devices and robotics products, Cheetah Mobile and its partner OrionStar (猎户星) introduced a jointly-developed robotics and smart device platform, Orion OS, along with five new products.

Their first robot GreetBot (豹小秘) is designed to greet customers and visitors and escort them to their destination. Not only is it cheaper than an actual receptionist, but it’s also cheaper than most competitors. The company plans to rent them for RMB 2999 ($475) a month for a contract of 18 months.

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.