Something unexpected occurred when the South Korean firm LG intended to expose at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) the performances of a robot built with intention to control many aspects in a modern smart home. The event was the first press conference of the morning at the Las Vegas tech fair.
Cloi, the robot using ThinQ, the LG in-house AI software, was meant to be the centerpiece of the South Korean firm's presentation. Cloi had been deliberately designed to appear cute and it was. It was described as the "ultimate in simplicity when managing your smart home," by David VanderWaal, LG's US marketing chief.
Cloi - the robot from LG
But when asked to do the work, the machine had not properly responded. Requests to find out if his washing was ready, what was planned for dinner and what recipes it could suggest for chicken all fell flat. It was even unexpected for the public. "The first time it failed everyone laughed and thought it was just a glitch. The second time, there was a realization that something was wrong. And when it failed again, there was a stunned silence in the audience and then a bit of hubbub as people felt sorry for this guy,” commented Ben Wood, an analyst at CCS Insight, who was in the audience. Finally, this is just a proof that failure can occur in a robot’s activity. LG has already remarkable products in the robot’s industry achievements. They have robots in use in South Korean shopping centers and airports, and also make at this time robotic vacuums for the home. As for Cloi, it made people laughing for the instant. One, commenting on YouTube, suggested that she was a feminist who did not enjoy being bossed about in the kitchen. CES is opened in Las Vegas between 8 and 12 January.