SAMSUNG UNVEILED PROTOTYPE OF A ROBOT THAT CAN POUR YOU A GLASS OF WINE
By Susan Lewis
South Korean electronics giant Samsung has unveiled a robot that can pour you a glass of wine, bring you a drink, help set the table and take care of washing-up. Called Bot Handy, the robot is still in development and no date has been set for product release yet.
Presenting the robot yesterday in a virtual press conference for this year’s digital Consumer Electronics Show, head of Samsung research, Sebastian Seung said: “Our world looks different and many of you have been faced with a new reality – one where, among other things, your home has taken on a greater significance.”
As unveiled yesterday, Bot Handy is a slender black-and-white robot with two big eyes that change expressions as it moves around. The robot has a single arm that can pivot at three points - working like shoulder, elbow and wrist - with a clamp-like hand at the end of it.
There are cameras mounted on top of the robot’s body and hand to help it recognise objects. The robot can move around the room on what appears to be a rolling base, swivel from side to side, and raise itself up to reach higher objects.
A presentation video showed the robot pouring a glass of wine, laying the table for dinner and helping to load a dishwasher.
Samsung also demonstrated yesterday an updated version of Bot Care, a robotic assistant and companion that the company first presented in 2019. The robot is supposed to be a personal assistant which can remind you of your work schedules or suggesting to you to take a break. It is equipped with a screen which can be used for video calls.
Both Bot Handy and Bot Care are still in development with no approximate launch date, while JetBot, a simpler robotic gadget which was also featured yesterday, will be available in the USA in the first half of this year.
JetBot is a robotic vacuum cleaner equipped with object recognition and 3D sensors to help it avoid cables and fragile objects. It has a camera, allowing it to double as a home monitor when paired with the SmartThings app. The presentation showed the robot being used to help monitor pets while the owner is away from home.
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