Samsung's Ballie is an intelligent rolling ball that understands you

Samsung's rolling robot Ballie is like your own personal BB-8

Samsung announces Ballie, a personal robot that helps you manage your smart home

Samsung has unveiled a tennis ball-like robot called Ballie that beeps and rolls around, following its owner.

Unveiling the company's vision of robots as 'life companions', HS Kim introduced a small, robot personal assistant called Ballie that is created to understand and support your needs by being proactively helpful around the house. Sebastian Seung, the Executive Vice President and Chief Research Scientist at Samsung Electronics, explained that Ballie's onboard AI allows it to act like a mobile personal assistant a la Amazon's Alexa, but also aiming to go beyond just the personal digital assistants of the last number of years.

"In the age of experience, we need to rethink the space we have to accommodate our diverse and evolving lifestyles", said Kim.

"We believe AI is the future of personalized care", Seung said. Samsung seems to think that it will be particularly useful as a companion for pets when humans are out enjoying their day-to-day lives, but it also promises much more in terms of capability.

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. Combine that with the Bot Chef shown off in Samsung's booth that cooks with you, and the smart fridge that tells you what you what meals you can make with ingredients on hand, and the physically interactive home the company envisions is warm and active - "a living organism", as Samsung SVP Federico Casalegno described it at the Samsung CES 2020 keynote. Ballie was "announced" with no launch date, feature list, or pricing-but it's certainly attention-grabbing.




The robot is created to help people around the house using on-device AI.

Samsung also demonstrated a pair of smart glasses, hinting at the company's AR ambitions for the new decade. The company talked a lot about IoT, smart cities, 5G, and personal care solutions.

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

This data is automatically uploaded via the smartphone to the patient's chart so that clinicians, case managers, and physical therapists can track the patient's progress and engage with them accordingly.

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