Seeing Ballie’s demo live at CES felt like watching your favorite artist in concert with general admission seats, with a huddle of people crowding around the stage to see the circular robot in action. After seeing Ballie take the stage, I am glad I was one of those people.
Samsung initially unveiled its smart home assistant, Ballie, in 2020. Facing the massive worldwide interest in AI, Samsung decided to reintroduce an upgraded version of Ballie at CES, which has evolved into an AI companion robot for the home.
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Ballie kept the same look and movement as the original version, a cute, little round rolling robot. The Samsung in-person demo and the teaser video both showed a yellow Ballie, but I also saw a white version on display at the event.
Despite it looking the same as 2020 Ballie, the tasks it can complete have broadened.
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