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Samsung robotic ‘life companion’ rolls out at CES

Samsung Electronics’ idea of the future of personalised tech will come in the form of a yellow robot named Ballie in tennis ball size.

Here at the sprawling CES 2020, company executive H.S., in a keynote speech Monday evening. Kim showed what he termed the “next evolution of IoT (Internet of Things).” Kim was accompanied on stage by the beeping sphere, which obeyed his voice commands. An accompanying video showed Ballie running a household on smartphone devices, through controls. The soundtrack for “2001: A Space Odyssey” played to emphasise the near-future concept.

Samsung described Ballie as a companion of “life… A tiny, moving robot that knows you and respects you and listens to your needs to be aggressively helpful around the home. “Obviously, in an age in which tech firms are being sighted with scepticism by policymakers and customers for their insatiable appetite for our data, Big Brother was also on the mind as the music played.

One user on Twitter likened the size of a tennis ball to an agent.

Samsung, who is delivering a keynote speech on the “Age of Experience” in the 2020s, did not give Ballie any pricing or availability.

Yet Ballie attracted cheers and plenty of pictures crammed into a ballroom from several thousand men. We appeared entertained by that near-future vision.

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