Samsung’s Ballie robotic is again — and now, it’s a projector, too. At CES 2024, Samsung revealed an up to date model of its spherical Ballie robotic, and its signature new function is that it might venture issues onto the ground, wall, or ceiling because it follows you across the dwelling.
In a charming video, Ballie (which Samsung as soon as once more confirmed off in a playful yellow shade) had a bunch of intelligent projection tips, together with taking part in a video of a chook for a canine to observe, displaying a video name on a wall, and exhibiting a health video for somebody figuring out. Samsung additionally says in a press e mail that Ballie can routinely regulate the projection relying on how distant it’s from the wall and your lighting circumstances and that “it’s the world’s first projector to routinely detect individuals’s posture and facial angle and regulate the optimum projection angle for you.”
However within the video, the robotic additionally served as a sensible dwelling assistant, turning on lights and meting out pet food and texting any person to inform them what it was doing. (The press e mail says that Ballie can management “air conditioners, lights, laundry machines, and extra.”) Ballie can even comply with you round the home and greet you once you come within the door. On the finish of the video, Ballie crammed a ceiling above the actors’ mattress with a cosmic scene.
It was a extremely entertaining video — however sadly, it was simply a video. At CES 2020, the place Samsung first showed off Ballie, the robotic rolled round onstage, however this yr the corporate solely confirmed off the robotic by way of the video. And Samsung didn’t share any particulars about if or when Ballie may be launched or how a lot it may value. Nonetheless, it was enjoyable to see Ballie present up at CES as soon as once more; hopefully Samsung truly launches the product this time.
Replace January eighth, 6:01PM ET: Added additional particulars from Samsung.
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