Who said a robot should have two arms and two legs? Especially not Samsung. Monday evening, the Korean manufacturer presented its new companion robot and personal assistant: Ballie in the shape of a tennis ball. It even has the color yellow. Equipped with a camera, it moves around the house, monitors pets, manages connected devices in the house, etc. He even turns into a sports coach. It's hard not to think of the sympathetic droid from Star Wars, BB-8, watching him roll on the stage in the footsteps of H.S Kim, the CEO of Samsung.
With Ballie, Samsung is playing with originality. It is also a way to overcome the constraints associated with robots with two or four legs. Ballie has the advantage of stability for him: it also reflects the group’s strategy in the field of connected objects and health. Eventually, Ballie could become the manager of the house and all of its connected objects. It looks after both the comfort of the home, but also the health of its occupants.
The group explores various themes, including that of the connected city and the smart building.