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Samsung's New Home Robots Can Clean the House and Pour You A Glass of Wine

Samsung's Bot Handy is a robot designed to help with household chores. (Photo: Samsung)

The robots are here! At CES 2021, Samsung unveiled a trio of robots designed to make your home life easier.

CES 2021, the world’s largest annual tech show, may have gone full-digital this year, but the tech showcase has been no less fascinating.

Case in point – after making a big push into artificial intelligence (AI), Samsung has unveiled not one but three robots, aimed at helping humans perform chores around the house.

The JetBot 90 AI+ looks like a normal round robot vacuum (that’s all the rage these days) at first glance, but it’s packed with all kinds of tech smarts.

For one, it’s equipped with object recognition technology to identify and classify objects to decide the best cleaning path. LiDAR and 3D sensors allow JetBot 90 AI+ to avoid cables and small objects, while still cleaning hard-to-reach corners in your home. It’s also outfitted with a camera that’s integrated with Samsung’s SmartThings app, which helps with home monitoring.

The JetBot 90 AI+. (Photo: Samsung)

Meanwhile, Samsung also demonstrated an updated version of the Bot Care, a robot assistant and companion it unveiled at CES 2019. It’s meant to help “take care of the details in your life”, such as learning your schedule and habits and sending you reminders throughout your day.

For example, if you've been working for too long, the Bot Care will remind you to take a break. With a flip-up display, the Bot Care can stream your Zoom video calls according to your schedule.

The most exciting announcement, however, was the Bot Handy, a nifty robot with a clamp arm that’s design to be super handy around the house. It uses AI to recognise and pick up objects of different sizes, shapes and weights, and it can tell the difference between the material composition of various objects. This allows the Bot Handy to calculate the right amount of force to grab and move household items and objects.

The Bot Care and Bot Handy. (Photo: Samsung)

It can help do things like clean up messy rooms, load dishes into the dishwasher, or even pour you a glass of water or wine. How's that for nifty?

No word yet on when the Bot Care and Bot Handy will hit the market, but the JetBot 90 AI+ is slated for launch in the US in the first half of 2021.


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