CES is famous for hosting wacky and weird gadgets, and CES 2020 has kept the tradition alive with a significant number of robots. Social robots have been the talk at CES 2020.

Big companies remained traditional
At one of the keynote conferences, Samsung unveiled its vision of robots as “life companions” and introduced Ballie, a small, rolling robot that understands human instructions and can react to human needs, offering help around the house. The Tombot Robot Dog, Jennie, by Jim Henson’s creature shop emulates a puppy’s appearance and behaviour to provide emotional support without requiring the care that a live pet would need. Rollbot, made by toilet paper company Charmin, is a smartphone-controlled robot that fetches more loo paper when it runs out. Sarcos has introduced the Guardian XO super suit, an exoskeleton which can be worn by industrial workers. Toyota has come up with an innovation robot, Toyota T-HR3, that can smoothly move and control the force of its body using its advanced synchronizations system and master manoeuvring system.

Startups add to the bandwagon
For the people who cannot have pets because of allergies or lack of space, technology might have the solution. China’s Elephant Robotics has displayed its MarsCat which can move around using 16 motorized joints, play with toys, recognize its owner’s voice and even interact with real cats and the best part is that it runs off Raspberry Pi so it can be programmed by its owner. Bellabot, built by the Chinese firm PuduTech, is a robot cat designed to bring plates of food to restaurant customers and that’s not it, it mews when it arrives at the tables to encourage customers to pick up the food and it looks when happy its ears are rubbed. ClicBot, a robot developed by KEYi Technology Co. Ltd helps kids quickly create robot buddies using smart modules. Lovot, a huggable robot, a CES 2020 Innovation Award Product honoree, developed by Groove X, resembles a mixture of a bear and an owl, with a soft and warm body that allows users to hug and pet, can serve as a baby monitor and can patrol the house as a form of security. With the Lovot app, it can even take pictures of the users when they are smiling. Agility Robotics’ Digit robot is ideal for factory and industrial uses. Digit is a bipedal robot with an upper torso, arms, and sensors. Its arms allow the robot to get up if it falls, wave for balance, push open doors, as well as carry objects. Robotic vacuum cleaners have been on the market for years, but only one claims that it can clean itself: The Narwal T10, has a tank of clean water inside so it can both vacuum and mop the floors, and then clean itself. Sixty-thousand Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year; a treatment option provided by the ExoBeam from Hong Kong’s MedEXO Robotics attaches to the patient’s belt or cane, providing visual, auditory and tactile cues to help the user maintain a steady and consistent stride.

The other notable robots are piBo from Samsung C-Lab Outside startup Circulus, Roybi robot: an interactive language learning tutor for children ages 3+.

Key Takeaways:

  • Intelligent, autonomous machines are transforming industries including caregiving and health care, mobility and delivery, household tasks, leisure and recreation, retail and customer experience, and education.
  • On the rise are social robots, which are being developed to enhance the daily lives of consumers.
  • Robotic companies have been venturing into the field of automobiles, healthcare, etc., but they are now focusing on robots with emotional support which is something to look out for.

About CES:
Organized annually at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), Consumer Technology Association’s flagship trade show has been the perfect location in the technology arena for trendspotting. Over 4,500 exhibitors with nearly 20,000 new transformative tech products have been a part of CES 2020. Emerging technologies such as AI, AR, VR, microelectronics and data are empowering a new wave of precise, on-demand self-care solutions among companies. This year’s show was insightful as it has been observed that companies are focused towards Human Centric innovations that combine hardware and software to create personalized experiences. Technologies oriented towards healthcare, beauty, wellness and lifestyle has also gained limelight at the CES 2020. With consumers becoming more socially responsible, companies have adjusted their products by focusing on sustainability.

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