Samsung has introduced Ballie a robot that could be rolling round your home in the future, it may even replace the need for a pet.
The device is a small ball-shaped robot intended to be the robot you talk to every day to get things done. Samsung says Ballie utilises AI to be a security robot, a fitness assistant, and is set to be especially helpful for retirees who need help.
In an onstage keynote demo, Ballie followed Samsung consumer electronics division CEO H.S. Kim on the stage by rolling around, seemingly by using the camera to track Kim as he walked across the stage.
Ballie also gave cute little robotic chimes in response to a couple of commands from Kim, and it even rolled right into Kim’s hands when he called for it.
The device was unrolled after Samsung Electronics took centre stage at CES2020 claiming it’s all about future gear from robot companions and AI to new health capabilities that deliver services such as home-based, virtual cardiac rehabilitation solutions to advanced security when using Samsung products, it was a bit of everything.
A promotional video aired shortly after the demo, revealed a bigger vision for Ballie that could someday make it the butler you always wanted.
It can the blinds in its owner’s home, turn on the TV so that the house’s dog could have something to watch, and summoned a robot like vacuum to help clean the house when out.
According to H.S. Kim, President and CEO of Consumer Electronics Division, Samsung Electronics is working on some seriously advanced stuff in what describes is an “Age Of Experience” where hardware and software are married together to create personalised experiences that make life more convenient, more enjoyable, and more meaningful.
Of Experience” where hardware and software are married together to create personalised experiences that make life more convenient, more enjoyable, and more meaningful.
He said that future Samsung technology will transform how we care for ourselves and our family, how we can customise our homes to meet our individual needs, and how we can build safer, more sustainable intelligent cities.
Sebastian Seung, Executive Vice President and Chief Research Scientist at Samsung Electronics showed how a room can be transformed with a screen like its MicroLED display, a convergence of software, AI, IoT and hardware. “A screen is not a product – it’s your window to the world, allowing you to instantly connect to your loved ones and friends as if they are in the same room,” said Dr. Casalegno, emphasizing that smart rooms can provide boundless experiences. “People can see and experience almost everything in the world and even the unknown world through the screen.”
Samsung also revealed advances in intelligent robotics, AI, 5G and edge computing, with a glimpse into the not-so-distant future in which these technologies will come together to offer richer, more adaptive experiences for consumers.
“In the Age of Experience, we need to re-think the space we have to accommodate our diverse and evolving lifestyles,” he said.
At the core of Samsung’s human-centred vision is personalised care, enhancing the health and well-being of consumers by satisfying their individual needs. During his opening remarks, H.S. Kim introduced Ballie, a small, rolling robot that understands you, supports you, and reacts to your needs to be actively helpful around the house.
Seung, elaborated on Ballie, explaining that its On-Device AI capabilities enable it to be a fitness assistant and a mobile interface that seeks solutions for people’s changing needs. It does all this while maintaining stringent data protection and privacy standards.
“We believe AI is the future of personalized care,” stated Dr. Seung. “We see on-device AI as central to truly personalized experiences. On-device AI puts you in control of your information and protects your privacy, while still delivering the power of personalization.”
The virtual cardiac rehabilitation solution pairs a Samsung smartwatch with a smartphone via Bluetooth. Samsung’s Heart Wise application sends reminders to the patient to exercise, collects activity data, and continuously displays the patient’s heart rate during workouts. This data is automatically uploaded via the smartphone to the patient’s chart so that clinicians, case managers and physical therapists can track the patient’s progress and engage with them accordingly.
This is what Facebook has been doing for several years.
The program enables users to partake in cardiac rehabilitation at home without taking time out of their everyday lives to travel to a hospital or medical clinic. The positive results of the home-based cardiac rehabilitation program were published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Catalyst last year. Going forward, Samsung will continue to develop human-centric healthcare solutions that cater to the unique needs of the individuals who rely on them.
After a while it was down to food and cooking.
Samsung talked about the evolution of the modern culinary journey where appliances become cooking partners – a personal chef, nutritionist, and shopping assistant rolled into one. Intelligent and innovative technology that they claim can customise the entire food experience for consumers—from thoughtful recipe suggestions and meal planning tailored to personal preferences and what’s on-hand, to seamless grocery shopping, delivery and cooking.
Samsung also demonstrated how the combination of 5G, edge computing and AI will transform the urban transportation experience. Becher shared the company’s vision to lead the new era of vehicles, with 5G technology enabling Vehicle-to-Everything communication, which will seamlessly connect cars to the rest of the city.
Becher added that smart cities combined with 5G will be able to provide experiences unimaginable a few years ago to communities. She noted, “Faster and easier digital connection with each other will strengthen our sense of community and create entirely new forms of interaction.”
Concluding his 2020 CES keynote address, H.S. Kim stressed that the company is focused on using technology to create a better place for all. He highlighted three key areas of importance for the company going forward: security and privacy, technology for good, and citizenship.
Kim made clear that as an industry leader, the company’s commitment to data security and personal privacy will not waver, and that the protection of security and privacy will be a top priority as technology advances.