Consumer Technology Association – the robots show

From January 5-8 Las Vegas opens its doors to the tech world. The international Consumer Technology Association conference (CES) welcomes consumers, creators, developers, investors and tech savants to its 50th annual conference.

For half a century next-generation innovations and consumer technology gadgets have been launched and presented at this trade show.

This year no less is expected. The conference will certainly focus on voice-controlled devices and robots. We kind of knew this. Our robots have been in action for a while.

On January 5 LG unveiled the Hub Robot that connects smart appliances and devices at home and serves as intelligent home notification center. It is the little brother of Zenbo, a bigger home robot that was introduced to the public last year, and is powered with voice-recognition Echo. The Hub Robot mimics facial expressions and a wide range of human emotions while answering simple questions. The Hub also has little robot friends that can be placed in each room to essentially do the same as the Hub.
It will be interesting to see how all these different home appliance technologies – kitchen, bathroom, security etc. – connect with each other in the future. It seems it is going to be through a central robot.


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