Tennis meets Star Wars in Samsung's new robot assistant

It's a BB-8-like personal droid shaped like a tennis ball that follows you around home and controls it.

In Samsung visions for the future home, unveiled at CES 2020, robots play an important role in taking personalized care “to the next level”. They silently follow the house inhabitants and anticipate their needs. So the South Korean company introduced Ballie, a ball-shaped robot which hangs around the house and uses AI to be a security robot, fitness assistant and warden of children and pets. It's mainly a ball that moves in a way similar to Star Wars drone BB-8.

Ballie as Samsung says “understands you, supports you, and reacts to your needs”. In a promotional video, which presents a gigantic house with a lonely, apparently ultra-rich inhabitant, her dog and her Sero Tv, we see the small robot that open blinds in the morning to wake up the home's owner, commands a smart kitchen, plays with a dog and then summons a roomba-like vacuum cleaner to clean up a mess they made. At the moment there's no information about the release date or the cost of Ballie. As of today, it's just a prototype and during the CES keynote Ballie did nothing more than rolling around Samsung's H.S. Kim, CEO of consumer electronics division.

BB-8 in Star Wars 9. Photo courtesy of Disney

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