The robot, Samsung’s Bot Handy, is the company’s vision for a “better new normal” as more people work, cook, eat and drown at home than ever during a global pandemic. As seen in a video shown at the entire 2021 CES virtual consumer technology exhibition on Monday, Bot Handy is, very comfortable around the house; not only to take some unfinished household chores, but also to remind you of upcoming meetings and stretch your legs if you sit too long.
It is currently under development – no price or release date has been announced, but Samsung said it is part of a larger effort to make technology to simplify your life at home. “Technology in your home needs to work harder to help you adjust to this new norm,”
The pandemic technology theme has also taken a step away from home. Driving to an increase in online deliveries, lock manufacturer Yale has announced that it is already delivering its smart delivery box to keep packages safe from pirates on the porch when they arrive. The provider puts a package in the storage box, which automatically locks and homeowners receive a notification.
Meanwhile, a Panasonic hair dryer that you don’t need to move – the built-in oscillator does all the work for you – also generates some noise, at a time when many people haven’t gotten a proper haircut or blow too long.
People are watching CES events to see where technology is heading in the coming years, but this year’s event may be about the industry catching up with the ways the pandemic has reshaped our lives over the past year.
With vaccines on the horizon, it is not clear how long we will stay at home for a long time, but it seems that these technology companies are betting that even if the pandemic ends, our habits will not change completely.