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.
At this year's CES in Las Vegas, Samsung invited on stage a curious guest: Ballie, a rolling robot equipped with a camera and enough smarts to sense people around it and control connected appliances around the house.
Meet #Ballie, Samsung's human-centric vision of robots that takes personalized care to the next level. Called a life companion robot, Ballie is created to offer personalized care by interacting with its surroundings, people, animals and connected devices. When he said, "stay away from me", it kept its distance even when he attempted to get closer. That camera can also be used to capture "special moments", said Sebastian Seung, executive vice president at Samsung Electronics.
The robot is created to help people around the house using on-device AI. Samsung noted that Ballie also comes with on-device AI capabilities, and can act as a fitness assistant to help with your workouts.
That's all we know about the palm-sized bot right now: Samsung didn't say when it would come to market or what it would cost. "We see on-device AI as central to truly personalized experiences". There is the inbuilt artificial intelligence that triggers the activity or the robot's interaction with the other smart devices in the house.
"It does all this while maintaining stringent data protection and privacy standards", said Seung.
The Samsung keynote speech was titled "Age of Experience", indicating a time when people demand more novel experiences.
With its human-centered philosophy, Samsung is providing the entirety of technologies needed for the new age ranging from robotics, AI, 5G network and edge computing to offer richer and more adaptive experiences for consumers, Kim said.
"In the Age of Experience, we need to re-think the space we have to accommodate our diverse and evolving lifestyles". Much like Ballie, however, Samsung did not mention when such a product would be available.