Samsung Ballie: This is the droid you have been looking for
Samsung Ballie: This is the droid you have been looking for
Samsung announces Ballie, a personal robot that helps you manage your smart home
09 January, 2020, 00:25
That camera can also be used to capture "special moments", said Sebastian Seung, executive vice president at Samsung Electronics.
During Samsung's keynote, Ballie followed Samsung CEO Hyun-Suk Kim around the stage.
One analyst said the bot was a fun idea - though it might struggle with stairs.
Samsung have unveiled a tiny robot assistant in the shape of a ball, which can roll around and help patrol a users home - and even act as a fitness buddy. Virtual assistants are helpful at controlling your various smart home gizmos, but unless every room in your home is kitted out with smart speakers listening for commands, there will be gaps in that AI-driven experience.
"How practical it is when it can't go up stairs, I'm not sure". Samsung's concept video shows Ballie running around the house opening curtains, turning on the washing machine and television, sending a feed of your dog to your phone when you're not home and turning on the vacuum when the dog spills something.
The firm has not yet revealed when the device will be available to buy, or what it will cost. Samsung suggests that Ballie could call for help in the case of a medical emergency, such as when an elderly person takes a fall and can't get up. One is artificial intelligence and the other one is 5G. Samsung is also pitching GEMS for older people as an exercise tool.
Samsung also showcased an update to its GEMS (Gait Enhancing and Motivating System) health platform, which it demonstrated at CES past year. What makes Samsung's approach unique is the fact that we have a very clear philosophy built around human-centered innovation", he added, highlighting three key areas of importance going forward: "technology for good, security and privacy, and citizenship.
Samsung also demonstrated a pair of smart glasses, hinting at the company's AR ambitions for the new decade. This time, Samsung added augmented reality glasses and a virtual personal trainer (reminiscent of Nintendo's Wii Fit Trainer) who monitors users via leg sensors.
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