Companion robots, to take care of the home and assist in the care of the elderly. There are several models that were seen at the CES 2021 fair, a space where innovation in all its forms is usually brought together. This year it was not possible to walk the halls to see these new inventions in action since, as a result of the pandemic, the fair was held in a 100% virtual format.
Thus, through video presentations, companies unveiled their latest artificial intelligence products designed to assist at home and in other interaction spaces. Here, a selection of the most interesting robots that were unveiled at CES 2021.
Designed for the development of social skills
Moxie, a robot developed by Embodied, was intended to help children develop social, emotional and cognitive skills through daily play-based learning and content developed in partnership with experts in early childhood education.
Embodied brought together a team of experts in child development, engineering, technology, game design and entertainment to bring to life a robot with machine learning technology that allows it to perceive, process and respond to conversations, as well as eye contact, facial expressions. and other behaviors. He is also able to recognize and remember people, places and things.
To set the table, clean and help with other household chores
Samsung surprised with its Bot Handy home robot, a model that recognizes, lifts objects, and is designed to help with other tasks as well. Powered by artificial intelligence, it is able to differentiate between a glass tumbler and a ceramic plate, for example, and respond to the user when they ask about it. So you can do activities like storing food or setting the table.
This new proposal joins the latest version of Bot Care, a robot that the company presented for the first time in 2019. It is capable of recognizing and understanding user behaviors in order to become a companion within the home.
In this area, the JetBot90 AI + smart vacuum cleaner also stands out, which uses object recognition technology to identify elements and decide how to move to clean the house smoothly. In addition, it uses LiDAR and 3D sensors to avoid cables and small objects and is capable of removing dirt even from corners. On the other hand, the vacuum cleaner works as a security camera since the user can monitor what happens in the home when he is not there through the SmartThings application.
A pet with a particular design
Moflin is a pet with artificial intelligence but whose form does not specifically seek to emulate any pet. It is not shaped like a cat or dog, but is simply a small elongated lump with warm, solid fur. It makes sounds and moves but has a particular aesthetic as it looks like a small elongated cushion.
According to its creators, it integrates sensors and is based on an algorithm developed specifically for Moflin to learn and take on new characteristics from interaction with the user and the environment.
To disinfect spaces
LG unveiled an autonomous robot designed to disinfect public spaces, as well as home and office environments using ultraviolet (UV-C) light. It is capable of sanitizing all surfaces in a room in about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size and with just one battery charge.
It was not the only device designed to clean surfaces. Ubtech also presented Adibot, a disinfection robot based on the same technology. It comes in two versions: Adibot-S, which has to be moved manually from one site to another, and the Adibot-A, which is autonomous and integrates a Lidar sensor.
The robot has eight lamps that emit light in all directions. Adibot integrates an RGB camera on the front and motion sensors along the top edge, aiming to detect if a person enters the room while it is running.
A companion robot
Cutii is a mobile robot with a screen that was present at the CES 2021 fair. It is designed so that users can participate in remote activities (games, gymnastics classes, etc.) and talk with their loved ones by videoconference, accessing by command voice. It also integrates game options and other entertainment activities
It can be remotely upgraded and equipped with assistance or security features, so the user is alerted in the event of a problem. The firm deployed its robots in France in 2020 in some thirty nursing homes. The Cutii were intended for sale to individuals, but the lockdown changed plans.