As you know, we’re a bit obsessed with artificial intelligence. We see great value in AI, and believe that it should play an important role in your dealership’s digital marketing strategy. While we’re busy optimizing our AI and machine learning systems to get your dealership even more leads, others are creating robots that they hope will become regular parts of our everyday lives.
CES 2018, the International Consumer Electronics Show, is the event of the year for robots and their creators. All of the biggest names in tech come out to show off their latest inventions and innovations. Maybe we’re just huge nerds, but we thought that some of the products that made their way to the floor this year were pretty remarkable. While many of these robots are still prototypes and might be insanely expensive when (or if, in some cases) they are rolled out, they gave us a sneak peek at what our lives could look like in the future. It’s pretty crazy. So, without further ado, here are seven awesome robots that made an appearance at CES 2018:
- Aeolus– Just imagine, you walk into your home after a long day at work, and it’s perfectly clean. Everything is in its proper place, and you didn’t lift a finger– your robot Aeolus took care of it all for you. Aeolus can hold objects and lift them. It can hold a vacuum cleaner. Through machine learning, it can learn where certain objects belong and return them to their proper place. It can walk around your house and alert you if there is an intruder, or simply something out of place. Aeolus is the robot we’ve all been dreaming about since watching “The Jetsons.”
- Somnox– A robotic pillow might sound unnecessary to some, but it sounds pretty cool to us. Somnox is designed to be the perfect “cuddler.” The robot can play sounds like a heartbeat or song, depending on what you like, and might soon be able to track your sleeping patterns to offer suggestions on how you could get a few more hours of shut-eye. The idea is that sometimes all people need is a pet to cuddle with, and Somnox can fill that void for the insomniacs among us.
- Loomo– We love products that seem to just get us. Segway’s Loomo tries to solve a few issues at once: people don’t want to walk too much, and they definitely don’t want to carry heavy packages while walking. Loomo is rideable like a hoverboard, for the times you just can’t walk anymore. With an easy click from a mobile app or a few words spoken (through voice activation), Loomo can transform into a robot and will begin following you around. This is great for those quick trips to the store: ride there on Loomo’s back to get there, and have it carry your groceries home. It’s a win-win.
- Aibo– Sony first debuted Aibo, its robotic dog, in the 90’s. The 2018 version of Aibo is more responsive, advanced, and frankly adorable than its older counterparts. Aibo has a camera in its nose to recognize its owners, and responds to being pet by wagging its tail and making adorable sounds. A camera on its back helps it navigate around tight spaces, and find its charging station. According to people who saw Aibo in action, it’s hard not to fall in love with the little pup.
- Winbot X– Robotic vacuum cleaners like the Roomba have been on the market for a few years now, and people seem to really appreciate the extra set of hands (or wheels?) around the house. Ecovacs took this idea one step further by creating a line of robotic window cleaners. That’s right, these machines can defy gravity and climb up your windows to clean them for you. You no longer need to balance on a chair and reach with all your might to clean the top of those huge windows. The Winbot X that was shown at this year’s CES is a major upgrade to previous models because it does not need to be plugged into an outlet to work. Thus, even windows that are nowhere near a plug can be cleaned, without worrying about long cables and extension cords.
- Honda’s 3E-A18– Robots can be your friends too. Honda unveiled a few different robots at CES this year, but the A18 serves a special purpose: it builds an emotional connection with humans. Its face can show emotions, and it can provide comfort to humans when they need it. It was even specially designed to be extra-huggable. The idea is that this robot can provide extra support to people in public spaces, almost like a service dog.
- ForwardX Robotics CX-1– Here’s another example of a robot that seems almost too good to be true. The CX-1 is a piece of luggage that is tricked out with smart sensors and cameras that allow it to follow you through crowds while avoiding obstacles. The luggage can recognize its owner in real-time, so you don’t have to worry about it abandoning you for a different traveler. Imagine walking through an airport and not having to lug your bags through the long corridors. Gone are the days of paying for an overpriced luggage cart– your bags are always right behind you.
We can’t wait to see what CES 2019 brings! Maybe a robot that can build other robots? It doesn’t seem to be too far off…