CES 2020: Samsung shows off Ballie bot that follows you

CES 2020: Samsung shows off Ballie bot that follows you

There wasn't a whole lot of new products in Samsung's opening keynote address of CES 2020, but there was one crowd-pleaser from the night that had its own hashtag trending within seconds.

This makes Ballie feel a bit like a personal butler - a cute, subservient companion rolling through the house to check that everything's in order.

"In the Age of Experience, we need to rethink the space we have to accommodate our diverse and evolving lifestyles", said H.S. Kim, President and CEO of Consumer Electronics Division, Samsung Electronics. By weaving some level of intelligence into a mobile machine that doesn't seem all that intrusive - Ballie is about the size of a large grapefruit - Samsung is poised to make sure a smart assistant is never too far away.

"We believe AI is the future of personalized care", Seung said.

Samsung says that users can employ the device to patrol their home and keep them safe, and as a fitness assistant that gently nudges users to keep moving.

While the introduction of Ballie and new GEMS features were unexpected, the tech giant's supposed "Artificial Human" called Neon was notably absent from the keynote.

In other news, Samsung has said that it will be releasing its Galaxy Home Mini speaker in early 2020.

The company, however, did not provide any details on the launch date or pricing details for the personal robot. So, Ballie could wind up having a variety of uses around the home, but first and foremost, it sounds like it's meant to make managing the growing number of smart home devices easier.

Samsung has also been careful about the language it has used to describe Neon.

Samsung also spoke about how it looks at leveraging 5G, edge computing, and AI to transform the urban transportation experience in the age of increasing global urbanisation.

With its focus on personalised care, Samsung showcased its personalised health solutions like the home-based, virtual cardiac rehabilitation solution that it developed in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente.

Data gleaned from the exoskeleton and a user's workout can be sent to a professional for more analysis.

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