The robot, Samsung’s Bot Handy, is the company’s vision for “a better new normal” as more people work, cook, eat and drown in dishes at home than ever before during the global pandemic. As seen in a video shown at the CES Virtual Technology Show in 2021 on Monday, Bot Handy is well, conveniently around the house; not only to pick up some unfinished assignments, but also to remind you of upcoming meetings and stretch your legs if you have been sitting for too long.
It’s only under development for now – no pricing or release date has been announced – but Samsung said it’s part of a larger effort to create technology to simplify your life at home. “The technologies in your home need to work harder to help you adapt to this new normal,”
The pandemic technology theme also took a step outside the home. Due to the growth in online deliveries, lock manufacturer Yale announced that it is now shipping its smart delivery box to keep packages safe from porch pirates when they arrive. A delivery person places a package in the storage box, which is automatically locked, and homeowners receive a notification.
Meanwhile, a Panasonic hair dryer that you do not have to move – a built-in oscillator all worked for you – also created some buzz at a time when many people have not had a proper haircut or blowout too long.
People watch CES events to get a sense of where technology is going in the coming years, but this year’s event is without a doubt the industry catching up with the ways the pandemic changed our lives in the past year.
With vaccines on the horizon, it is unclear how much longer we are largely stuck at home, but these technology companies seem to be betting that even if the pandemic ends, our habits will not change completely.