At CES-2021, Samsung unveiled a robot that can pick up laundry, load the dishwasher, set the table, pour wine and fetch a drink. The robot is called Bot Handy. Samsung claims it can recognize objects using a camera and artificial intelligence.
Bot Handy is intended to "become an extension" of the user and help them with household chores. At this point, it’s unclear how close Bot Handy is to becoming an actual product ready for purchase. Samsung hasn’t announced a price or release date for the robot. The company has previously used CES to demonstrate robots that were more of a concept than an actual product. Bot Handy is described as "in development.
In its current form, Bot Handy is a tall, thin, black and white robot with two large display eyes that change expression when it moves or when its owner appears. The robot has one arm that can rotate at three points – at the "shoulder, " "elbow, " and "wrist" – and with a clip instead of a hand. The robot’s body and arm are equipped with cameras to recognize objects. The robot can move around the room on a rotating base, swivel from side to side, and rise to reach high objects.
In addition to Bot Handy, Samsung also showed off an updated version of Bot Care, the "robotic assistant and companion" that the company first introduced in 2019. The robot is supposed to become something like a personal assistant, which will remind the user to take a break during work or an upcoming meeting. In a demonstration, Samsung showed how the robot opens its built-in screen so its owner can join a video call. As with the Bot Handy, there is no indication of how advanced its development is.
As for actual products, Samsung has a robot that the company is set to release this year. The JetBot 90 AI+ is a robotic vacuum cleaner equipped with LIDAR, a 3D sensor and artificial intelligence that help it recognize objects and avoid obstacles. Samsung claims that the vacuum cleaner will be smart enough to approach objects that aren’t particularly fragile, such as a child’s toy, and stay away from things it might break, such as a vase. The vacuum cleaner also has a camera integrated with the SmartThings app, which will allow the owner to keep an eye on pets while no one is home. The JetBot 90 AI+ should go on sale in the U.S. in the first half of 2021.
In addition, Samsung is also developing other applications using artificial intelligence. These include Bot Retail, which will help with shopping, and GEMS, Samsung’s exoskeleton.