Samsung's rolling robot Ballie is like your own personal BB-8

Samsung's rolling robot Ballie is like your own personal BB-8

Samsung announces Ballie, a personal robot that helps you manage your smart home

This cuteness makes it seem like a signature part of Samsung's new strategy: smart speakers already perform many of Ballie's suggested functionality, like taking notes or reminding users of calendar reminders.

Kim Hyun-suk, chief executive officer of Samsung's consumer electronics division, shared the stage with the ball-shaped bot that rolled around the stage during his keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show 2020.

This makes Ballie feel a bit like a personal butler - a cute, subservient companion rolling through the house to check that everything's in order. Amongst them was Samsung's new personal robot, Ballie (pronounced Ball-E). When he said, "stay away from me", it kept its distance even when he attempted to get closer. For example, it can activate smart home devices such as robotic vacuums, when it determines that cleaning is required.

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During Samsung's demonstration at CES (below), Ballie rolled itself onto the stage, and followed Samsung Consumer Electronics President and CEO H.S. Kim around for about two minutes. So, Ballie could wind up having a variety of uses around the home, but first and foremost, it sounds like it's meant to make managing the growing number of smart home devices easier.

The "Age of Experience" will transform how we care for ourselves and our family and customise our homes to meet our individual needs. "We see on-device AI as central to truly personalised experiences", said EVP Sebastian Seung said in a release.

Samsung said that Ballie would adhere to privacy and data protection standards.

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At CES 2020 - the world's largest consumer technology trade show - Samsung unveiled the electronics giant's latest advances in robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, edge computing, and augmented reality (AR), as it laid out its vision for a new decade it termed the "Age of Experience".

"In the Age of Experience, we need to re-think the space we have to accommodate our diverse and evolving lifestyles".

Clearly, Samsung is being very cryptic about Ballie's capabilities and the tech inside it. "We build and create to solve problems and enhance people's lives".

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