Wouldn’t it be great if we could just automate every boring and annoying task in our lives? It would be incredible if we could just hand off all of our chores to a robot. On top of that, wouldn’t it be extra wonderful if while you’re sitting back, this helper could pour you a glass of wine as well? Well, Samsung is making this dream a reality.
At the most recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES), one of this years presentations that fit the required “a better normal for all” theme came from Samsung. Along with many smart fridges, TVs, the company presented three types of “intelligent, human-centered robots” that use artificial intelligence to perform many mundane tasks.
President and Head of Samaung Research Sebastian Seung said: “Among many things, your home has taken on a greater significance. But what if that home, and those technologies in it, were actually built around you?”
Samsung presented the JetBot 90 AI+ which is a LiDAR and 3D sensor equipped vacuum cleaner that is made to avoid running into furniture while it runs. They also presented the Bot Care robot companion and the Bot Handy, which helps pick up dirty t-shirt from the ground and can even pour you a glass of wine. Does it get better?
Bot Handy looks a bit like a Roomba with an air purifier on its back but thanks to AI it can sense things around it, helping the robot understand what it needs to do and where it needs to go.
Seung explained: “Bot Handy uses AI to understand objects, like a glass cup or ceramic plate, taking note of their shape and materials to work as your trusted partner. Bot Handy can move around and do things like set the table or put away groceries. It flips the script on what a robot in your home could look like.”
The Bot Handy can load the dishwasher (carefully!), collect and drop dirty clothes in a hamper, put a fruit basket on a kitchen table, place a flower into a vase, and also maybe most importantly, pour two glasses of wine.
The robot is fun to have around for all, but even more importantly will be able to assist the elderly, visually impaired, or people with mobility limitations.
It’s still unclear when it will be available to the general public, but Samsung has said that it’s “not currently available for sale.” So the wait continues until we can have a robot friend pour us wine, but who’s counting the days?