CES is a great place to find some of the latest real-world applications of robotics, and this year was no different.
Here we see LG's new robot CLOi. Part digital assistant, part smart appliance, CLOi will act as a central hub for all your connected LG devices. You can ask CLOi to start your washing machine, access your smart fridge, and other things like that -- that is, when CLOi feels like answering.
CLOi wasn't the only robot LG announced, the company also demoed three new interesting robot concepts. There was a serving robot, a porter robot and a shopping cart robot. These robots were geared towards industries like service, hospitality and shopping.
Some familiar robots made an appearance, like Hanson Robotic's robo-humanoid Sophia. Sophia is known for its realistic (and kinda creepy) facial expressions, but at CES Sophia showed off its new walking skills, courtesy of its DRC-HUBO legs.
Here's a robot you can't help but fall in love with. Sony brought out its new and improved Aibo robot dog. The original Aibo was retired in 2006, but the new Aibo has a bunch of new tricks and looks way cuter.
Honda debuted a handful of robots under the umbrella of its 3E concept. 3E stands for empower, experience and empathy, and with this concept Honda envisions a future in which robots act together to make our lives better.
Here we see Honda's 3E-A18 robot. The robot is intended to interact with people and make them feel comfortable. On top sits a robotic face that displays emotions and looks pretty darn cute.
The Honda 3E-B18 is like a mobility scooter, but it has a few special tricks. It can stay upright when going uphill or downhill, and it can turn in tight spaces. It can also transform into a stroller or motorized luggage cart.
If you're looking for a robot that can help out with household chores, Aeolus might be for you. This smart home bot can do a wide range of tasks like pick up and put away objects, act as a security bot and even vacuum. It's also got Alexa AI built in for that extra smart assistant functionality.
Ubtech's Walker is a robot that's got some moves. The bipedal bot acts as a security monitor that can walk around your house and keep patrol. If it catches something fishy it'll record the activity or alert you. The robot also responds to touchscreen and vocal commands.
After its initial Indiegogo campaign, Buddy the robot is ready for production and hoping to be a part of your home. The bot looks just as friendly as the name implies, but besides looks Buddy has several things it has going for it. It can control your smart home, respond to voice commands, act as a home security device, play music and a handful of other tasks. It'll cost $1,500 when it comes out this year in the US, but how could you say no to that face?
Although it may not be a robot like the previous examples, the NeoMano robotic glove may make you feel like a cyborg. The glove was designed for people with hand paralysis or spinal cord injuries. Put on the glove and it'll help you pick up or grip objects.