At CES 2021, Samsung introduced new consumer robot concepts
At this year’s virtual CES, Samsung’s President and Head of Research Sabastian Seung made the company’s goal of enhancing the at-home experience very clear.
“Our world looks different, and many of you have been faced with a new reality — one where, among other things, your home has taken on a greater significance,” he said. “Our innovations are designed to provide more personal and more intuitive experiences that express your personality. We’re hard at work to bring you next-generation innovation, with AI as the core enabler, for your better tomorrow.”
When paired with robotics, AI is a powerful at-home tool, and to demonstrate this, Seung showcased a number of the company’s helpful robots. There is Bot Handy, which recognizes and grabs objects. Using AI, the robot can make sense of shapes, allowing it to perform tasks like setting the table, putting away groceries and pouring you that much-needed glass of wine.
Then there is Bot Care, which is basically a robot assistant that can alert you to upcoming meetings, as well as make suggests based on your schedule and behavior.
These products, said Samsung’s President and Head of Research Sabastian Seung, “flip the script on what a robot in your home could look like.”
But, just like Ballie, another robotic concept debuted by Samsung at CES last year, there is no real indication of if and when these robot housemates will hit the market.
Seung did, however, announce one actual product. While not as exciting as a personal robotic assistant, the JetBot 90 AI+ vacuum was still impressive, namely for its ability to better avoid obstacles and detect messes, using LiDAR technology and 3D sensors.
LiDAR technology, as well as 3D sensors, helps the vacuum decide on the best cleaning path, allowing the machine to get close to certain objects like toys, while avoiding more fragile objects like vases.
“So, no more getting stuck on cables or socks,” said Seung. And while I will miss getting my current robotic vacuum’s dramatic “stuck near a cliff” notification when it does find itself stranded on a sock, this is certainly a welcome improvement.
The vacuum also sports a camera, making it possible check up on pets while not at home.
The JetBot 90 AI+ is expected to ship in the U.S. in the first half of 2021.