The robot, Samsung’s Handy Bot, represents the company’s vision for a “new, better normal,” as more people work, cook, eat and drown in dishes at home than at any time during the global pandemic. As we saw in a video that was shown at the 2021 CES Virtual Consumer Technology Show on Monday, Bot Handy is handy around the house; Not just to do some unfinished chores but to remind you of upcoming meetings and stretch your legs if you’ve been sitting for a long time.
It’s only under development at the moment – no price or release date has been announced – but Samsung has said it’s part of a larger effort to make the technology simplify your life at home. “The technologies in your home need to work harder to help you adapt to this new normal,” the company said in describing its session on the CES website.
The topic of epidemiological technology has taken a step outside the home, too. Riding on the growth of online deliveries, lock manufacturer Yale announced that it is now shipping its smart delivery box to keep packages safe from balcony hackers upon their arrival. The delivery person places the package in the storage box, which is locked automatically, and the homeowners receive a notification.
Meanwhile, the Panasonic hair dryer that you don’t need to move – a built-in oscillator that does all the work for you – also generated some buzz, at a time when many people just didn’t get a proper haircut or blow out too. Long.
People watch CES events to learn about technology trends in the coming years, but this year’s event is arguably about the industry keeping pace with the ways in which the pandemic reshaped our lives in the past year.
With vaccines on the horizon, it’s unclear how long we’ll be largely stuck at home, but it seems these tech companies are betting that even if the pandemic ends, our habits won’t change completely.