In a speech at CES 2020, Samsung unveiled a new robot companion called Ballie, according tomedia Slash Gear. Ballie looks like a real-world Star Wars BB-8 robot that can roll along the ground to help users with everyday tasks.
In Samsung’s “Experience Age” keynote, H.S. Kim showed that ballie robots can accomplish things. The robot can follow those around it and act as a smart “housekeeper”. For example, when a pet dog spills a bowl of food on the floor, Ballie calls Roomba to clean it up. The robot can also help open smart curtains to wake up its owners.
H.S. Kim says Samsung has a vision of treating robots as “life mates” and the company believes Ballie can do things like motivate users to exercise when they’re lazy. In Ballie’s video showing off his skills, the robot can also check the posture of a yoga person, presumably ensuring they don’t hurt themselves.
It’s clear that Samsung sees Ballie as the center of the user’s smart home, but it may also have some security applications. Samsung says Ballie can seek help in the event of an emergency medical situation, such as an elderly person falling and unable to get up. As a result, Ballie may get a variety of uses in the home, but first, most importantly, it seems to be trying to make it easier to manage more and more smart home devices.
Samsung has not yet provided the public with details on how much the product will sell or when it will be officially launched.