The amount of progress we’re making as a species technology-wise is simply amazing. We’ve reached a level where the science fiction of a couple of decades ago is simply science. We’ve advanced so much, that we’re getting real life sci-fi devices. One of the most recent examples of this is LG’s pet sitter spherical robot – Rolling Bot.
Looking pretty much like Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ BB-8, only without the head, the Rolling Bot is the most recent creation of the South Korean company LG. Presented yesterday during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Rolling Bot is most certainly as much a BB-8 clone as possible without encountering legal issues.
Just like with last year’s number one Christmas toy, the Spero BB-8 robot, the Rolling bot can be controlled via an app on your smart phone. The robot can be issues a wide variety of orders, using its multiple features to have it keep your pets – or children, depending on how responsible a parent you are – company.
Having a sort of strip in the middle, the Rolling Bot has incorporated speakers, sensors, a camera, and even a laser pointer, designed to keep your pets entertained. The strip in the middle also acts as a separator for the two hemispheres, which move individually.
The speakers, microphone, and camera on the Rolling Bot can be used for communicating, allowing you to keep in touch via the smart phone app with the animals or people that you left at home. You can also the speaker to play music from the robot.
Despite the fact that it’s not very fast, you can even set the Rolling Bot to patrol your house. Being always connected to the internet, you can either check in and look through the camera, or you can set it to send a distress signal to a security company – that is if you feel confident entrusting your home’s security to a tiny plastic ball.
Scheduled to come out in April, LG hasn’t yet released any details about the Rolling Bot’s price range, which is actually quite difficult to appraise. It has different functionality features than the Sphero BB-8, but it’s not as mainstream.
As LG generally tend to release their products at mid-range prices, you can probably see this bad boy pet sitter to be at somewhere around $200 – $300 when it comes out in this spring. As expected, the smart phone app and the accessories will come for free, but it was not yet revealed what phones will support the tiny bot.