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LG has a Rolling Bot Robot for Home Monitoring, Cat Torturing

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Along with all of LG’s other announcements from today surrounding the G5, they also announced the LG Rolling Bot. Think a bit of BB-8 from Star Wars, only as a reality and a home monitoring system. 

With LG Rolling Bot, you get a WiFi-connected ball that is slightly larger than a softball that can be remotely controlled from anywhere. The Rolling Bot connects to your home WiFi, so even when away, you can monitor your house by rolling the Bot around (controlled via app). All of the monitoring happens through an embedded 8MP camera that is capable of capturing both images and video. It has microphones on board too, so you can have conversations with your pets. Speaking of pets, the Rolling Bot has a pet mode for torturing teasing your animals.

The Rolling Bot has an IR blaster in it too, so if you have appliances with IR sensors, you could turn them off or on remotely. That’s kind of cool, right?

LG hasn’t told us when to expect the Rolling Bot, so it may be a while. We were able to see a demo of the Bot in action, though it was only a rough prototype.

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  • Raven

    This is pretty cool. I already have a number of phone controllable toys such as the original robot ball the Sphero, a WiFi Tank (w/camera), the Parrot Jumping Sumo (w/camera), and a couple of drones. But, all of them require you to connect directly to them. Being able to control a mobilr device through my WiFi would be so much more useful, especially if it had decent battery life or the ability to dock and recharge. I will be one of the first in line if the reviews don’t suck.

    • Edward Smith

      Needs wireless inductive charging pad. Some surface with golf ball dimples that your fleet/flock/herd/murder of rolling ball robots can recharge at whenever they need it.

      • Raven

        Good idea. That is how the Sphero charges, but if this was smart enough to navigate back and recharge like a Roomba that would be perfect.

        • Edward Smith

          It really depends upon what types of sensors it has and what level of autonomy it is programmed for.
          Even assuming that it has more autonomy than is hinted in this brief article it needs to have worked out some sort of map. For that it needs sensors that work in motion in all orientations.

          Considering the rolling configuration(makes optical sensing difficult without a clear hull) , the need to avoid stairs and that the camera must be aimed I would use a millimeter wave very short range radar like was shown in the Google Soli teaser.
          It can sense movement within a couple feet easily allowing it to map coarse floor texture (stairs, door thresholds) and obstacles like walls, furniture and pets.

  • Tiuri Elvander

    I want one

  • tylerc23

    Now make it look like BB-8 and add an Auto Mode and I will buy it

  • Sean Lally

    Wonder how well it does with stairs?

  • Cameron Laudick

    this would actually be awesome to have

  • moew

    Cat torture videos now please!

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