Hon Hai joins internet of things bandwagon

Robby the Robot - Wikimedia CommonsGiant Asian manufacturer Hon Hai’s chairman has said that the company is to turn its gaze on the internet of things (IoT).

And he also told Chinese media that industrial robots are the key to the future.

The Taipei Times quotes Terry Gou as saying that Hon Hai will cooperate with Alibaba and Japanese company Softbank to offer “robotic services”.

Gou doesn’t think that these industrial robots will replace people any time real soon. Hon Hai is a major employer in mainland China, and makes Apple products and others.

It has already installed 48,000 industrial robotic arms in its factories.

Soft bank’s famous Pepper robot was made by Hon Hai and sold out in minutes when it was launched last June.