The CES 2018 robots are here, and they have shown us a glimpse of what’s to come in a machine-enabled future of humanity.
We’re now down to the fourth and last day of CES 2018 in Las Vegas. Despite some challenges like the bad weather and blackout, the event has still been a major success. Among the numerous exhibits and displays in the event, the robots presented at CES 2018 are definitely some of the most promising innovations to look forward to in the years to come.
Packed with the most advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning of robots today along with state of the art features and functions, there is no doubt that robotics will play a significant role in the future of human capability and industry.
From robopets to home butlers, here are four of the most promising robots presented this week at CES 2018.
Ecovacs Winbot X
Considered as one of the most impressive robots of CES 2018, Window X is the brainchild of the auto cleaning robots supplier Ecovacs. The bot operates and cleans windows wirelessly, making it the first of its kind.
“The WINBOT X represents the next evolution in window cleaning technology. By removing the power cord, the robot is able to move freely across the surface it is cleaning, regardless of whether or not the window has a frame,” said David Qian, the Robotics President of Ecovacs.
Winbot X has a four-step cleaning process that enables it to adapt to any window while moving intelligently and safely. Since the robot works autonomously, it determines the most optimal path to take across the glass, efficiently avoiding issues during navigation.
Of course, nothing is certain, particularly when it comes to robotics. To ensure that Winbot X won’t fall off the window, a Safe Tether System has been added that will keep it secured, retracting it when needed. Winbot X is set to be released in Australia this year.
Sony has revived the Aibo just in time to be a part of the many CES 2018 robots that entertained the public in Las Vegas. The new Sony Aibo is said to be equipped with better artificial intelligence and more sensors, enough to simulate an untrained dog. According to the company, the new Aibo has to be trained, pretty much like a real dog, through voice commands and positive reinforcement.
According to TechRadar, the new Sony Aibo has three touch sensors, two cameras, one Time of Flight (ToF) sensor for proximity detection, an illuminance sensor to sense the presence of a person from behind, four microphones, and a motion detector.
The added sensors and cameras used on Aibo will enable the robodog to understand its environment, people’s interactions with it, and its interactions with its accessories: a pink ball and chew toy. Sony Aibo will be available later this year and is expected to cost less than $2,000 USD in the United States.
Honda 3E Robots
Instead of independent standalone devices, Honda unveiled multiple robots that will supposedly work together as a system to make our lives better. The four robots all lie under Honda’s 3E Concept which stands for Empower, Experience, and Empathy.
Honda’s CES 2018 robots include the 3E-A18, 3E-B18, 3E-C18, and the 3E-D18.
The 3E-A18 is designed to explore the relationship between humans and machines. The emphatic robot has a face that can actually show emotions. It recognizes and responds to emotions of people interacting with it. The A18 has a rounded shape with a soft exterior, making it touchable and huggable. Its primary purpose is to provide comfort to humans in distress.
The 3E-B18 is a robotic wheelchair for use in the outdoors to help disabled people and the elderly. However, unlike the standard wheelchair, this robot can maintain an upright, level seat position even when navigating up or downhill. The B18 can be converted into a mobility scooter, motorized luggage cart, or a stroller.
The most adorable among the 3E Concept robots is the 3E-C18. This Honda robot can carry things and is equipped with a deployable canopy that reveals a flat surface, turning it into a mobile workspace for artists or entrepreneurs. Like the other 3E robots, C18 features an AI technology that enables it to observe people, learn, and operate independently.
Last but not the least is the 3E-D18 that has a four-wheel-drive powertrain, short ATV wheelbase, and airless tires that are virtually indestructible. This robot is specifically designed to climb obstacles and navigate through challenging terrains or places. According to Honda, D18 could be used by firefighters in rescue missions or by enterprises that require heavy lifting.
Right now, Honda’s still exploring the potentials of their 3E Concept robots and no release date has been announced.
At CES, China-based robotic company Ubtech unveiled its human-sized biped robot called Walker. The robot was supposedly designed to be a complete home butler that perform different tasks such as patrol a home, act as an email or calendar assistant, and even play slow soccer with kids.
One of the advantages of Walker is that at only 82 pounds, it is notably light for its build. Its lightweight build helps the robot effectively balance itself, a major problem for other biped robots. Walker is still a prototype and Ubtech is said to be developing arms to make it a real home butler.
For now, the bot is already equipped with a motion detection feature that enables it to alert anyone when it has observed something different during its patrol. It’s definitely one of the CES 2018 robots that we should all look forward to this year.
Perhaps one of the most popular CES 2018 robots is the Aeolus. This in-home bot is specifically designed to be a personal helping hand and is considered the first multifunctional robot of its kind. Like its contemporaries, it is equipped with artificial intelligence that will enable it to learn things to improve its performance. Some of its features and functionalities include:
- Recognizing thousands of items that it can pick up and put in their respective storage areas.
- Ability to vacuum and dry mop floors.
- Amazon Alexa and Google Home support.
- Home layout and routine adaptability.
- Unparalleled mobility.
According to its creator, Aeolus Robotics, the robot will be available in the market during the last quarter of the year.