Check Out These Cool New Robots To Help Us Around The House
Today we are going to discuss new robots and gadgets that help you around the house. The all-digital Consumer Electronic Show CES was a really different event than those we have experienced before. However, it wasn’t only the format that was distinct; the technology was different also.
There was a perceptible shift in some of the systems being shown off by exhibitors, a move toward tech made to help us live, work and stay safe through the coronavirus pandemic. One of the technology affected by this change, robotics, stood out as a group that has been pushed into a new direction by yesteryear events.
We saw loads of robots grace the virtual trade show with their presence. But rather than just incremental improvements on past attempts or novelty concept technology, we saw robotics companies push their technician into brand-new territories to fulfill our requirements in this new normal by going where we can not and doing things we are not allowed to do.
This shift in direction was a part of a wider push by the consumer electronics industry to deal with the new needs that have emerged from the pandemic and are continuing during the lockdown. One of the hot items in the show was Razer’s Hazel smart N95 mask and a touchless bathroom from Kohler. With people trapped inside their homes and unable to interact with other people like they are used to, we will need to find new ways to help keep people safe when completing essential tasks.
For robot manufacturers, this is already well in their wheelhouse. There was lots of proof at CES that many robot manufacturers have adapted their technologies to fulfill new demands generated by COVID.
New Robots To Address New Problems
Not all the pandemic robots we viewed in the show were simply being reinvented, though. A new class of robots emerged: droids designed especially to keep our surroundings clean and safe.
The two LG and Ubtech firms that always attract new robots to CES revealed robots that use ultraviolet light (UV-C) to sanitize high-touch, high-traffic places. The concept is that these could be utilized in hotel rooms, restaurants, classrooms, and other similar high-touch places.
For Walker, who also lies in UK’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Advisory Board, that is ideal for getting a robot, since it needs a high level of precision — holding a UV scanner at a specific distance for a specific amount of time — to succeed. It would be extremely difficult for a human to perform and make sure the entire room was cleaned well, ” he said. “Whereas making a robot do it, it is absolutely consistent each time, totally perfect.”
LG’s CLOi Robot is meant to have the ability to navigate nearby tables and chairs and irradiate a whole room’s touchable surfaces in between 15 to 30 minutes, depending on size.
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The robot is intended to bring “peace of mind” to individuals that they will not be exposed to unhealthy germs and bacteria,” said Michael Kosla, vice president of LG Business Solutions USA. “A high level of disinfection will become the new customer expectation in the new contactless market where we all live, work, play and learn,” he added.
The proliferation of disinfecting robots in this year’s show did not come as a surprise to Ben Wood, senior analyst in CCS Insight. He explained in an email that new functions for robots outside manufacturing and warehousing have been coming for a while. In October, CCS predicted that the pandemic would accelerate their adoptions in different contexts because of fears about disease spread.
“We predicted that robots could be deployed to tackle tasks like health monitoring and cleaning in hospitals, housekeeping in hotels and foodservice and payment in restaurants,” said Wood. “This has come to success, and LG’s UV-C robot, which was showcased at CES, is a fantastic illustration of this.”
Old Dogs, New Tricks
Reachy, a Humanoid robot whose strengths are communicating with people and object manipulation, first made an appearance at CES this past year. However, this year, the robot was back with a brand new ability.
The French firm Pollen Robotics, which manufactures Reachy, has invented the robot suitable with a humanoid VR teleoperation app. The concept is that by wearing a VR headset and using hand controllers, everyone can command Reachy remotely, enabling the robot to complete tasks from anywhere in the world.
Video by: Pollen Robotics
Telepresence robots are no new, but last year has shown us just how many ways they could potentially be helpful. For Reachy, who is open-minded, there are boundless possibilities to go where humans can not right now and become a proxy for them.
UK-based Shadow Robots, a regular CES exhibitor, came into the show this year with news that it has secured funding from Innovate UK to research whether its Tactile Telerobot can be utilized manufacturing COVID vaccines for Pfizer.
An expert in constructing advanced robotic hands that may mimic a human hand in real-time, Shadow Robots will shortly begin working its way through a checklist of jobs requiring high levels of skill and precision to find out whether the system can work in a sterile environment to manufacture vaccines better, cheaper, easier and faster.
It’ll be doing jobs usually completed by people, who must operate by placing their hands into a sterile box with gloves added, known as an isolator, stated Shadow Managing Director Rich Walker. It is tricky work, with much room for human error. However, the expectation is that telepresence robots will provide human employees more control and result in greater efficiency in vaccine production.
Walker, who has been nearly exclusively selling Shadow’s robots to professors and research associations, relishes the chance to bring the corporation’s experience into another realm. “It is just really great to do something where you can actually genuinely see we have the chance to help people that are solving real problems, real challenges, who have a difficult working environment,” he said.
Welcome, Robot Saviors
While looking around at the robots making their debut at the show this year, we believed that there was more space for them in our lives than ever before.
A cute, Fluffy guinea pig robot that can act to your touch and the sound of your voice may not have appealed to you in the past, but it might be a welcome addition to your house right now, especially if you live alone. Molin, made by Vanguard Industries in Japan, is just such a robot.
Also, Samsung’s new robots appeal for similar reasons. Being at home all of the time appears to cause an unending parade of unwashed dishes, so would it not be great if you could rely on a Bot Handy to load and unload your dishwasher to you as you work? Additionally, with no bars open for happy hour, it sure would be wonderful to have a robot pour you a glass of refreshing drink at the end of the day as you kickback.
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Similarly, the Bot Care can just be the work-from-home colleague you have really been missing. The mobile personal assistant can help for a conversation, reminding you to take a rest and stretch, or it may run through your program with you, without you have to flick between displays in silence yet again.
Meanwhile, Moxie, an adorable desktop robot, can keep your kids entertained and help them understand, with dedicated content created by educators and child development specialists.
Robots have been a luxury in the past, but CES 2021 showed it may be time to reassess. The world has changed, and we have been given no option but to accommodate — and why not allow robots to take at least a smidgen of this strain?
Razer’s Futuristic N95 Mask, A Flying Car Smart, And Lipstick
Razer has made a tradition of displaying conceptual gadgets at CES, and it has become one of the highlights of this series annually. In 2021, Razer has two these concepts: Project Hazel and Project Brooklyn.
The first one is Project Brooklyn, a gaming seat with a rolling, wrap-around display. It’s quite the display, also: A transparent, 180-degree OLED. Aside from that cutting-edge technologies, Project Brooklyn also has a leather bucket and carbon-fiber seats with haptic vibration and RBG lighting. Certainly.
Second is Project Hazel, a theory for COVID-19 residing. It is an N95 mask packed with technology: Audio-processing pods that un-muted your voice, auto-sterilization, and active venting, a safeguard case that also works as a UV sterilizer. Plus LED RBG lighting.
So yes, both are interesting. But Razer’s CES theories do not typically lead to actual products, and therefore don’t expect. Having said that, Acer has a similar (though less slick ) seat in the Thronos. At CES, UK firm Binatone also exhibited its tech-jammed mask, an N95 mask with a Bluetooth headset. It is not as intricate as Razer’s, but it is real and costs $50 — much less than Razer’s would cost.
Day 1 of CES featured a great deal of TV competition between LG and Samsung, Korea’s large two electronics brands. Day two was a battleground for chips, with AMD and Nvidia each containing their own keynotes.
Nvidia, the reigning graphics card winner, declared many new RTX GPUs. The top end was that the RTX 3080, for people who take their gaming very seriously (such as esports seriously), starts at $1,999. But while that provides immense power for 4K gaming and extreme video editing, the GPU in the bottom end of the spectrum is just as noteworthy. The RTX 3060 costs only $329, and Nvidia says it is 10 times stronger than the GTX 1060. To put it differently, you will have the ability to play most large new games on it, though you might need to slide down the resolution.
While AMD does make GPUs, its keynote on Tuesday was about notebook CPUs. Its heralded Ryzen 5000 chips come to laptops, with brands such as Asus, Lenovo, and HP committing to Ryzen 5000-powered laptops later this year. AMD insists that this will mean lighter, thinner, and more potent laptops. These CPUs will compete with Intel’s 11th-gen Tiger Lake H35 chips, which were declared Tuesday.
Oh, and just for pleasure, Samsung revealed the Exynos 2100 processor that will power the worldwide version of the Samsung Galaxy S21. The phone will find a full unveiling on Thursday, but hey, it’s Chip Day, so why not flaunt some products early?
GM Takes Us Closer To The Jetsons
On Monday, Samsung exhibits a set of robots designed to help around the home, a baby step toward living like The Jetsons. General Motors is assisting us in taking a giant leap, displaying its concept for a flying car. It’s referred to as the electrical Verticle TakeOff and Landing droid ( eVTOL).
GM design chief Michael Simcoe said, “We’re planning for a future where innovations in independent and electric technology make private air travel possible.” GM now associates with the likes of Archer and Aston Martin, companies that are working on flying vehicles.
Smart Lipstick, Brighter Perfume
The Internet-of-things sector is destined to grow by hundreds of millions of dollars every year. What this means in practice is much more regular things being stuffed with computing smarts. One fresh illustration from CES? Lipstick.
Shown at last year’s CES and introduced as a real product that you can purchase on Tuesday (arriving in Spring, pricing $299), Yves Saint Laurent’s Perso is a system that includes three liquid lipstick cases. With the support of an added brush, you can mix the colors to get the precise color and shade you are after.
It’s a similar story with Ninu, an intelligent scent. Inside are 3 scents in three various vials. Ninu connects to your telephone and, through an app, it is possible to mix Scents together, customizing them to your specific tastes. Apparently, this could go very wrong, so there is an AI assistant in the app that will not smell like trash.
Mono-screen Laptops Are Out of Date
Chips are cool, but what about the real machines they are housed in?
Like phone makers are working on getting ahead of the curve with rolling, folding screens, laptop makers are working to differentiate themselves with useful new layouts. Thinner, lighter and stronger is good, but real innovation in such a mature business is terrific.
For Asus, that means doubling back on its strong dual-screen Duo line. It revealed the Zephyrus Duo 15 SE at CES, which has a 15.6-inch screen with a secondary 14.1-inch touchscreen that resides over the keyboard, as you can see above. It is a monster focused on functionality-obsessed players: It may be configured with a 4K 120Hz panel, with either Nvidia or AMD graphics.
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The company also dropped its new Strix Scar gaming notebook, which may be configured using a 360Hz screen — the fastest on any notebook.
But while Asus is investing in brute force, Chinese manufacturer Lenovo is going for efficacy. In addition to the main screen, its fresh Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 I has an E-ink display on the lid so that you can assess notifications, your calendar, take notes, and much more without opening up the device. It may also be charged through a Lenovo charging pad, so that is one less cable to fret over.