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SenseTime Unveils SenseRobot Go: The Second AI-Powered Board Game Robot Joins the SenseRobot Family

SHANGHAI, June 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — SenseTime, a leading global artificial intelligence (AI) software company, has unveiled its latest addition to its SenseRobot family – the SenseRobot Go. Specifically designed for young learners of the game Go, this innovative product integrates SenseTime’s cutting-edge AI and robotic arm technology, allowing users to practice and play Go on a real board. The SenseRobot Go offers an immersive and engaging gaming experience, featuring a vast library of professional AI Go exercises, human-to-machine and online human-to-human gameplay functions, along with a range of visual, auditory, and tactile interactions. This feature-packed product is an ideal one-on-one intelligent companion for children, empowering them to develop critical thinking skills, and enabling Go AI to reach millions of households.

The SenseRobot Go is endorsed by Olympic Gold Medalist Guo Jingjing and has received great acclaim from Mr. Nie Weiping, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Weiqi Association (CWA) and a highly respected Go master, for its exceptional performance and capabilities.

Dr. Xu Li, Executive Chairman of the Board and CEO of SenseTime, said at the product launch event, “SenseRobot innovates with computing power, hand-eye coordination, and engineering feats, bringing AI from data centers to homes. We hope to redefine the future of home robotics with SenseRobot, not only bringing new life experiences to households, but also injecting new vitality into the game of Go and promoting the diverse development of traditional culture.”

Dr. Xu Li, Executive Chairman of the Board and CEO of SenseTime
Dr. Xu Li, Executive Chairman of the Board and CEO of SenseTime

During the event, Mr. Nie Weiping delivered a speech expressing his admiration for the SenseRobot Go. He remarked, “Go is a profound intellectual sport with a long history and unique cultural significance. The development of modern technology has brought unprecedented challenges and opportunities to Go. I am delighted to have a top-notch technology company like SenseTime fully dedicated to the R&D of Go-playing robots. I believe that the emergence of the SenseRobot Go can effectively promote and drive the inheritance and development of Go culture, allowing everyone to truly experience the charm of Go.”

Mr. Nie Weiping, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Weiqi Association (CWA) and a highly respected Go master
Mr. Nie Weiping, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Weiqi Association (CWA) and a highly respected Go master

An intelligent game companion for children with expertly designed exercises and engaging gameplay

In collaboration with renowned Go institutions, SenseTime has designed an innovative AI exercise feature for the SenseRobot Go. The feature comprises over 2,000 specialized exercises across 7 levels, covering all learning stages, from beginner to amateur 5-dan, to continuously develop children’s Go skills. With the use of voice and labeling, it also provides interactive and personalized support for children encountering difficulties problem-solving. This feature helps children overcome obstacles, eliminate doubts, and build confidence.

Equipped with a powerful AI engine, the SenseRobot Go offers boards of different sizes suitable for a wide range of learners. Beginners can start with the 9×9 and 13×13 boards, while the 19×19 board offers human-machine gameplay across 20 levels, including peak battles that surpass the level of human professional 9-dan players. This enables learners of all levels to find a suitable gameplay level to strengthen their critical thinking and broaden their horizons. Additionally, the dedicated App allows learners to analyze their performance and gain experience by reviewing game records.

Another noteworthy feature is its “Star Alliance” function, which has been integrated with popular online Go platforms such as 99weiqi, Xinbo and Yike. This feature enables children to explore the world of Go with SenseRobot and engage with millions of real-life Go players online.

Shen Hui, Dean of Innovative Engineering Institute of SenseTime, said, “The SenseRobot Go is more than just a physical embodiment of software, it is a unique blend of advanced technology and human-like interactions. Utilizing the screen, voice, game board, and robotic arm, we have created a systematic learning and practicing experience that emphasizes human-machine collaboration. This exciting approach enables children to concentrate as well as revel in the allure of Go, while also promoting overall physical and mental development.”

Maintains children’s interest as they become smarter while learning at home

The SenseRobot Go offers a unique three-in-one interactive experience, with diverse functions that provide scientific and professional guidance, stimulating children’s interest in Go, while also serving as a valuable support for parents. With a cool and cute design centered on avant-garde technology, SenseRobot Go achieves millimeter-level precision through visual positioning and robotic arm execution, unlocking children’s potential for scientific enlightenment, critical thinking, and deeper appreciation for traditional Chinese culture.

Lin Jianchao, Chairman of China Weiqi Association, said, “The world of Go has entered a new era characterized by the internet, big data, and AI. The SenseRobot Go marks a significant milestone in bringing Go intelligence into households. We hope that SenseTime, a visionary and determined company, will continue to leverage its strengths to reach even greater heights in this field.”

Safeguarding eye health through real gameplay scenarios

Go can enhance children’s spatial imagination and logical thinking ability. However, it’s not enough to rely solely on professional guidance in the classroom, extensive practice at home is also necessary. Gameplay scenarios can improve their comprehensive abilities, but prolonged play time online can be detrimental to eye health.

The SenseRobot Go has created a unique “Visual Guidance + Voice Encouragement + Robotic Arm Demonstration” three-in-one learning and practicing experience. It integrates visual, auditory, and tactile senses, enabling children to step away from the electronic screen and return to the physical board to enjoy an immersive Go playing experience. This experience enhances their spatial cognition, judgment, prediction, and other perceptual abilities. The use of a physical board and real stones creates a more authentic Go gameplay experience for children, free from distractions such as advertisements and other games, promoting concentration and protecting their vision by reducing eye strain.

SenseRobot Go is a multifaceted device that offers comprehensive Go training in a fun and engaging way. As a professional Go training partner, it provides patient and comprehensive instruction for Go exercises, making it an ideal learning tool for children.

Pre-sale of SenseRobot Go is officially available today on JD.com and Tmall. The Pro version is priced at RMB 3,999 with a pre-sale price of RMB 3,799. The Master version is priced at RMB 4,999, equipped with a dedicated mobile power supply and a portable trolley case.

About SenseTime
SenseTime is a leading AI software company focused on creating a better AI-empowered future through innovation. We are committed to advancing the state of the art in AI research, developing scalable and affordable AI software platforms that benefit businesses, people and society as a whole, while attracting and nurturing top talents to shape the future together.

With our roots in the academic world, we invest in our original and cutting-edge research that allows us to offer and continuously improve industry-leading AI capabilities in universal multimodal and multi-task models, covering key fields across perception intelligence, natural language processing, decision intelligence, AI-enabled content generation, as well as key capabilities in AI chips, sensors and computing infrastructure. Our proprietary AI infrastructure, SenseCore, integrates computing power, algorithms, and platforms, enabling us to build a large model and R&D system that unlocks the ability to perform general AI tasks at low cost and with high efficiency. Our technologies are trusted by customers and partners in many industry verticals including Smart Business, Smart City, Smart Life and Smart Auto.

SenseTime has been actively involved in the development of national and international industry standards on data security, privacy protection, ethical and sustainable AI, working closely with multiple domestic and multilateral institutions on ethical and sustainable AI development. SenseTime was the only AI company in Asia to have its Code of Ethics for AI Sustainable Development selected by the United Nations as one of the key publication references in the United Nations Resource Guide on AI Strategies published in June 2021.

SenseTime Group Inc. (stock code: 0020.HK) has successfully listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEX). We have offices in markets including Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Macau, Japan, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and South Korea, etc., as well as presences in Germany, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. For more information, please visit SenseTime’s website as well as its LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.